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I retired in 2002 so that my wife, Pat, and I could serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under her brother’s direction in Ireland.  Subsequently, we served an additional five full-time missions together.  We now live permanently in Salt Lake City, Utah.  In March 2020, Pat and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary together with our three children and their spouses in Tahiti.



1991, BS English, Brigham Young University

1996, PhD English, University of Wisconsin at Madison



Ed., Glory and Pathos:  Responses of Nineteenth-Century American Authors to the Civil War (Boston:  Holbrook Press, 1970).

Ed., Washington Irving’s Astoria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprize beyond the Rocky Mountains (Boston:  Twayne Publishers, 1976; reprinted:  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982).

Ed., James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pathfinder, or The Inland Sea (Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1981).

Feasting on the Word (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1997).

“Liminality in The Turn of the Screw,” Studies in Short Fiction, 25 (Fall, 1988), 441-46.

“’Punish with Impunity’: Poe, Thomas Dunn English, and ‘The Cask of Amontillado,’” The Edgar Allan Poe Review 2.2 (Fall 2001): 33-52.  Revised and reprinted in Poe Writing /Writing Poe, ed. Richard Kopley and Jana Argersinger (New York City: AMS Press, Inc.), pp. 13-30.



  • 1971-72 , 1977-78  Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1979-84 Principal investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities grant to The Complete Works of Washington Irving
  • Book Feasting on the Word won a prize as the outstanding work of literary  criticism in 1997 by the Association for Mormon Letters
  • Presented the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Senior Class of 1998, the General Alumni Association, and the Division of Student Affairs