Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1952; Master of Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1956; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1961.
From assistant professor to professor, department chairman English, U. Florida, Gainesville, 1961-1981; dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, 1981-1992; Professor of English, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, since 1992.
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Member Southeast 19th Century Studies Association (board directors 1982), Kiwanis (president 1987-1988, chairman hospice board directors 1990-1995).
Married Phyllis Joan Wyman (divorced 1979). Children: Thomas Benthin, Lory Doty, Joshua Klaus, Nathaniel, Zachary. Married Mary Louise Robinson, October 16, 1980.
1 child, Tammi Brown.