Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1956; Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard, 1965.
Advertising and promotion, Little Brown & Company, 1958-1959; partner, Walker-deBerry Publications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1959-1964; with, U. Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1965-1987; associate director, U. Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1968-1969; director, U. Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1969-1987. Teaching fellow Harvard, 1959-1964. Lecturer English University of Virginia, 1965-1971, professor, from 1971.
Member Bibliographical Society University Virginia (director), Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Cosmos (Washington). Farmington Hunt (Charlottesville).
Married Claudine LaHaye, August 25, 1971. Children: Charles Wilson, Francois.