Master of Arts, Oxford University, 1963. Master of Philosophy, Oxford University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, University Liverpool, England, 1970.
Master of Arts, University Birmingham, England, 1980.
Teacher, Eton College, England, 1961-1966; Ekchambers student, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1966-1968; William Noble fellow, U. Liverpool, England, 1968-1970; lecturer, U. Warwick, England, 1970-1976; senior lecturer, U. Warwick, England, 1976-1991; chairman English Department, University Warwick, England, 1989-1992.
Married Joanna Victoria Booker, July 3, 1967 (deceased October 1976). Children: Thomas, Tabitha, Naomi. Married Helen Mary Young, March 19, 1988.