Literary scholar; university professor. Born– 1941, Demopolis. Parents– Walter B. and Mary (Combs) Hitchcock. Married–Mary Carol Canon, August 6, 1966.  Children–two.  Education– Auburn University, B.A., 1963; University of Oregon, M.A., 1966; Duke University, Ph.D. 1971.  Rotary Foundation fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia.  Assistant director of admissions, Auburn University, 1966-68. Taught English at Auburn, 1971-2008; Head of English Department, 1977-90;  Hargis Distinguished Professor, 1999-2008.   Member of the board, National Council of Teachers of English; Executive Committee, Alabama Council of Teachers of English; several commissions and conferences. Contributor to Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Walt Whitman Review, and other periodicals. Received the Alabama Humanities Award in 2006 and the Current-Garcia  Award from the Alabama Council of Teachers of English in 2001. Awarded professor emeritus status on his retirement in 2008. The Bert Hitchcock Award in Southern Studies was established in his honor, awarded annually to a graduate student at Auburn doing research in Southern Studies.


Richard Malcolm Johnston.


Richard Malcolm Johnston. Boston; Twayne, 1978.


Chinaberries and Crows.  Solomon and George, 2012.


American Short Stories. Glenview, Ill.; Scott, Foresman, 1990.

De Remnant Truth; the Tales of Jake Mitchell and Robert Wilton Burton. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1991.