Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers University, 1950; A.M., Rutgers University, 1951; Doctor of Philosophy (Queens fellow), Rutgers University, 1953.
Member faculty, U. Missouri, Columbia, 1952-1953; Member faculty, U. Georgia, Atlanta, 1953-1956; Member faculty, Georgia State College, Atlanta, 1953-1959; Professor of English, S.W. Texas State University, San Marcos, from 1959; department chairman, S.W. Texas State University, San Marcos, 1965-1972. Piper professor State of Texas, 1982.
Commissioner urban renewal, San Marcos, 1963-1969. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member American Association of University Professors, Modern Language Association, South Central Modern Language Association, Conference College Teachers English (councillor), College English Association Lodges: Kiwanis (president 1967).
Married Gloria Halsey Denton, January 22, 1944. Children: Robert Denton, Anne Sawyer, Caroline Burns.