Bachelor, Williams College, 1966. AM, Harvard University, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1972.
Assistant professor English, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, 1971-1976, associate professor, 1976-1984, professor, 1984-2001. Executive director Theta Delta Chi Educational Foundation, Inc. Visiting associate professor Connecticut College, New London, 1980.
Visiting professor Georgia Tech, 1986, University of California at Los Angeles, 1989, Meisei University, Tokyo, 1990-1991.
Member of Harvard Faculty Club, Harvard Club New York City, Theta Delta Chi (editor 1967-1988, since 1998, trustee Educational Foundation since 1984).