Bachelor, University Louisville, 1957. Master of Arts, University North Carolina, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1969.
Instructor English, U. Cincinnati, 1962-1966, assistant professor, 1966-1967. Assistant Professor of English, U. Chattanooga, 1967-1969. Associate Professor of English, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1969-1974, professor, since 1974, head English department, 1972.
Representative National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1984-1986.
Served with United States Navy, 1949-1953. Southern fellow, 1957-1960. Member Southern Atlantic Association Departments of English (trustee), South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
Married Judith Pauline Klosterman, December 12, 1953. Children: Susan Elizabeth, Linda Kathleen, Thomas Clayton Junior, Matthew O'Hara, Christopher Branham.