Bachelor of Arts, Washington Square College, New York University, 1948; Master of Arts, University of Michigan, 1952.
Editor college and trade, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc., New York City, 1956-1976; general editor, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1976-1979; editorial director, David R. Godine Public, Inc., Boston, 1979-1990; editor, literature agent, David R. Godine Public, Inc., Boston, 1990. Tutor history and literature Harvard University, 1953-1954, lecturer in English, 1982-1983, 84-85.
Trustee Warner Library, Tarrytown, New York, 1973-1975. Served with United States Army, 1943-1944. Member of Harvard (New York City).
Married Lorraine Rappaport (deceased June 2006), November 24, 1948. Children: Jonas Robert, Sara Emily.