Literary scholar, university professor. Born– Oct. 20, 1911, Montgomery, Ala. Parents– Samuel Martin and Mary Selma (Jackson) Langford. Married– Anne Crenshaw Phelps, 1938. Children– Two. Education– University of Virginia, B.A., 1933; M.A., 1934; Ph.D., 1940. Taught, University of Kentucky, 1936-1938; North Carolina State College, 1938-1940; Winthrop College, 1940-1943; served in U.S. Marines, 1943-1946; taught, University of Texas, 1946-1983. Member– Authors League of America; Texas Institute of Letters.  Awarded the rank of professor emeritus upon his retirement in 1983 from the University of Texas.  Died April 18, 2003.


Contemporary Authors online


Alias O. Henry; a Biography of William Sidney Porter. New York; Macmillan, 1957.

Destination. Denver; Stonehenge Books, 1981.

The Murder of Stanford White. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1962.

The Richard Harding Davis Years; a Biography of a Mother and Son. New York; Holt, Rinehart, 1961.


Faulkner’s Revision of Absalom, Absalom; A Collation of the Manuscript and the Published Book.  Austin:  University of Texas Press, 1971.

Faulkner’s Revision of Sanctuary: A Collation of the Unrevised Galleys and the Published Book.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 1972.

Ingenue Among the Lions; the Letters of Emily Clark to Joseph Hergesheimer. Austin, Tex.; University of Texas Press, 1965.