Bachelor, John Carroll University, 1949. Master of Arts, Ohio State University, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, 1954.
Instructor Indiana University, Bloomington, 1954-1957, assistant professor literature, 1957-1960, associate professor literature, 1960-1963, professor literature, 1963-1985, Distinguished professor English, since 1985. Member screening committee National Endowment Humanities, 1985-1986, National Humanities Center, since 1985. Visiting lecturer University Dijon, France, 1952-1953, 59-60, University California, Berkeley, 1957, University Hawaii, 1964, 68.
Special seminars overseas University Frankfurt, University Mainz (Federal Republic Germany), University Warsaw, University Hyderabad, Dubrovnik.
Fellow American Council Learned Societies. Member Modern Language Association (chair nominating committee American literature section 1969-1971), Nathaniel Hawthorne Society (advisory board member 1980-1984), Poe Society, Ohio-Indiana American Studies Association (president 1955-1956).
Married Barbara Burke, September 1, 1948. Children: Kathleen Burke, Terence John Junior.