AB, University of Illinois, 1942; Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1947; Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1954.
Teaching fellow, Harvard University, 1948-1950, 52-54; member of faculty, Cornell Univercity, since 1954; Professor of English, Cornell Univercity, 1966-1991; professor emeritus, Cornell Univercity, since 1991; associate dean College Arts and Sciences, Cornell Univercity also director 6-year Doctor of Philosophy program, Cornell Univercity, 1965-1969; visiting professor, United States Military Academy, 1964. Chairman region III Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, 1962-1970, region I Mellon Fellowships in Humanities, 1985-1992.
President Cornell Library. Associations, since 1991. Served to Lieutenant commander of The United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1946, 50-52.
Captain Reserve; Member Modern Language Association, Society Friends, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Jean Jacob, February 26, 1945 (divorced September 1969). Children: Madeleine, Anne Leigh. Married Priscilla Alden Kiefer Baker-Carr, December 1969.