Poet, teacher. Born– September 8, 1907, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Parents– George Doherty and Eleanor (McCorvey) Johnston. Married– Mary Tabb Lancaster, 1936. Children– Four. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1929, M.A., 1930; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1943. Taught, University of Alabama, 1935-1941, 1946-1950; U.S. Army, 1941-1946, then served in the reserves, retiring as lieutenant colonel; taught, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1930-1933, 1950-1974. Member; Modern Language Association; Shakespeare Association of America. Received the Whitney Memorial Prize; Keats Memorial Sonnet Prize; Duff Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia.


Contemporary Authors, Vol. Perm-1.


Banked Fire, Poems, 1929-1976. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1976.

Ben Jonson; Poet. New York; Columbia University Press, 1945.

Reflections. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1965.

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1965.

The Unbelievable Birthday. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1981.


Poems by William Camden. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1975.

Poems of Ben Jonson. New York; Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1954.