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Bachelor of Science, Davidson College, 1956. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Davidson College, 1987. Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1957.

Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 1966. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Rhodes College, 1983. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Maryland, 1989.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Tulane University, 1996.


Assistant Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, 1966-1971; associate professor, University of Pennsylvania, 1971-1977; professor, University of Pennsylvania, since 1977; university ombudsman, University of Pennsylvania, 1971-1973; department chairman English, University of Pennsylvania, 1973-1977; master Van Pelt College House, University of Pennsylvania, 1974-1977; dean faculty arts and science, University of Pennsylvania, 1983-1985; president, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, since 1985. Executive director Modern Language Association, New York City, 1978-1983. Member selection committee Commonwealth Award in Literature, 1980-1983.

Vice president National Book Critics Circle, 1981-1985. Chairman National Book Award Fiction Jury, 1988, Pulitzer Prize Fiction Jury, 1989, 94, 97, National Book Foundation, 1991-1994. Board directors Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, American Academy Poets, Yaddo.


Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Thomas Makin "'Reaching into Silence':The Poetry of Basil Bunting"


Ian E. Glenn "T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens: the Poetics of the Moment"
Ernest Yates "In the Land of the Lemon Trees: The Exotic in Wallace Stevens"


Theodora Rapp Graham "Woman as Idea and Symbol in the Works of William Carlos Williams "