AB with honors in English, Princeton University, 1922. AM, Princeton University, 1928. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1932.
Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1925.
Instructor English,, State University Iowa, 1922-1925;
instructor, assistant professor, associate Professor of English,, Rutgers University, 1928-1945;
professor, Rutgers University, 1945-1963;
professor emeritus, Rutgers University, 1963-1989;
acting department chairman, Rutgers University, 1956-1957;
department chairman, Rutgers University, 1960-1963;
distinguished professor, S.W. Texas State University, San Marcos, 1963-1967;
visiting professor, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1967-1969. Visiting professor University of Wisconsin, 1964, U. New Mexico, summer 1948, New York University, 1949, U. Missouri, 1950, 53. Fulbright professor American literature and civilization U. Liege, Belgium, 1955-1956.
Fulbright lecturer U. Ghent, 1955, Rome, 1956. Chairman College Conference on English, Center Atlantic STates, 1933 co-founder English Institute,1939, secretary, 1939-1945, chairman, 1949, editor annual, 1940-1943.
Board of directors New Brunswick area Community Chest, 1942-1945. Trustee William Alexander Procter Foundation, 1951-1963. With United States Army, 1918.
Member Modern Language Association (chairman 17th century group 1944, Howells group 1950), American Association of University Professors, Guild Scholars, Phi Beta Kappa (honorary).
Married Clara Marburg, September 8, 1930 (deceased October 1976). Children: Frances Jeffries (deceased), Susanne, Geoffrey (deceased), Donald.