Bachelor of Arts, John Carroll U., 1946; Master of Arts, University Illinois, 1948; Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, 1952.
Member faculty, St. Saint Louis University, since 1952; Professor of English, St. Saint Louis University, 1964-1991; professor emeritus, St. Saint Louis University, since 1991; department chairman, St. Saint Louis University, 1971-1974, 86-89.
Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Member Modern Language Association, American Association of University Professors, Midwest Renaissance Society of America.
Married Jerry Ferguson, January 8, 1945 (divorced 1976). Children: Carolyn (Mistress Paul A. Kolodziej), Kathleen, Michael, Thomas, William, Elizabeth, John, Anne, David. Married Constance Bednall, November 18, 1981.