Bachelor, Princeton University, 1959; Master of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1962; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1964.
Teacher English, Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) Academy, 1959-1960; teaching fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1961-1963; lecturer, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1963-1964; assistant professor, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1964-1968; associate professor, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1968-1975; Professor of English, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1975-1982; Professor of English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, since 1982.
Board regents Mercersburg Academy, 1975-1987. United States Army, 1954-1956. Fellow: Dictionary Society North America (member nominating committee 2005-2009).
Member: Medieval Academy American (member publications committee 1987-1992).
Married Julie Fatt Cureton, May 14, 1977. Children: Perrin Lewis Rubin, Torrence Evans Lewis. Stepchildren: Sarah Cureton Kaufman, James S. Cureton.