Literary scholar, teacher. 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; 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 2003.


Contemporary Authors, Vol. 1R.


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

Destination. Denver; Stonehenge Books, 1981.

Faulkner’s Revision of Absolom, Absolom; a Collation of the Manuscript and the Published Book. Austin, Tex.; University of Texas Press, 1971.

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

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.


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