AB, New York University, 1950. AM, University Maryland, 1951. Postgraduate, University Paris, 1951.
Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1957.
Assistant in French, University of California, Berkeley, 1951-1955;
instructor, New York University, 1956-1959;
assistant professor, New York University, 1959-1961;
associate professor, New York University, 1961-1964;
professor, New York University, since 1964;
Florence Gould professor French literature, New York University, since 1975;
director La Maison Française, New York University, 1959-1964;
department chairman French, New York University, since 1966. Chairman Center for French Civilization and Culture, since 1978. Visiting professor Ecole des Hautes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1980, 87, 94, 99, Harvard University,1995.
Consultant National Endowment for Humanities, since 1980.
Trustee French Institute-Alliance Française New York, since 1971, Lycée Francais, New York City, since 1989. Board directors French-American Foundation, 1976-1986. Fellow New York Institute Humanities.
Member Modern Language Association, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Beckett Society (president 1986-1988).
Married Muriel Hausman, June 30, 1950 (divorced 1967). Children: Jeffrey Bishop (deceased), Katherine. Married Helen Gary, December 15, 1967 (divorced 1998), remarried 2004.