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I am a native of Asheville, NC. I was a member of the  UNC-CH Department of English 1963-2000. At freshman and sophomore levels I taught English literature of all periods; at junior-senior and graduate levels I taught and directed theses and dissertations in late 18th- and 19th-century English literature,  specializing in the British Romantics,  particularly Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.  My publications have been mainly in editorial, biographical, and bibliographic areas of  Wordsworth studies.


1962, PhD English, Harvard University

1958, MA English, Harvard University

1957, BA, Yale College


  • Wordsworth: the Chronology of the Early Years, 1770-1799 (Cambridge [Mass.]: Harvard University Press, 1967), xiv + 370 pp.
  • Wordsworth: the Chronology of the Middle Years, 1800-1815 (Cambridge [Mass.]: Harvard University Press, 1975), xiv + 782 pp.
  • The Thirteen-book Prelude by William Wordsworth (Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1991), 2 vols.: I, xviii + 1278 pp.; II, x + 1078 pp.
  • A Bibliography of William Wordsworth, 1787-1930 (Cambridge [U.K.]: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 2 vols.: I, cxxvi + 556 pp.; II, 670 pp.
  • [Associate Editor, The Cornell Wordsworth Series (Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1967-2007), 21 editions in 22 vols., from 310 to 2374 pp.]


  • 1960-1961 Fulbright Scholarship (Cambridge University)
  • 1965-1966 Guggenheim Fellowship (1)
  • 1970-1971 Guggenheim Fellowship (2)
  • 1980 ACLS Fellowship
  • Grantee: UNC-Duke Cooperative Program in the Humanities; National Endowment for the Humanities; American Philosophical Society