1962, PhD English, University of Michigan
1957, MA English, University of Michigan
1956, BA English with distinction, University of Michigan
- Vardis Fisher. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1965.
- Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary, edited with Robert Bain and Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979).
- Hemingway’s Nick Adams. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982).
- Ernest Hemingway: A Study of the Short Fiction. (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1989).
- Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South, edited with Robert Bain. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993).
- Contemporary Poets, Dramatists, Essayists, and Novelists of the South, edited with Robert Bain. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994).
- The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs, edited with Lucinda H. MacKethan. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002).
- Series editor for 17 volumes in Twayne’s United States Authors Series.
- Chair, Department of English, 1980-1991.
- Mayflower Award from N. C. Literary and Historical Association, for Hemingway’s Nick Adams, 1982.
- President, Thomas Wolfe Society (1995-1997), Ernest Hemingway Society (2017-2019), South Atlantic Modern Language Association (1986-1987), and Western Literature Association (1991).
- The Companion to Southern Literature, with Lucinda H. MacKethan, named Outstanding Reference Source by American Library Association, 2002.
- E. Maynard Adams Lecture, UNC-Chapel Hill, November 14, 2010.