Born in New Hampshire (1935), raised in Central Massachusetts; A.B. Clark University, 1957; PhD in English and American Literature, Brown University, 1962; Taught at University of Vermont, 1962-1966; at Duke University, 1966-present.
Published books on Robert Penn Warren, William James, William Faulkner, and Cynthia Ozick; essays on many 19th and 20th century American writers. Most of these writings are freely available (or soon will be) at Duke University website, tap "dukespace," then "faculty scholarship." Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature in Sweden (Uppsala, 1973), Belgium (Louvain, 1980), Germany (Mannheim, 1987), and the Czech Republic (Olomouc, 2001). Also taught in Japan (Kobe College, 1994) and Morocco (Marrakech, 1987). Married 1961 to Penelope Hamilton; two daughters, Anne and Susan.