Writer; literary scholar; university professor. Born– Sept. 19, 1927, Dothan, Ala. Parents– William M. and Margaret (Farmer) Jones. Married– Ruth Ann Roberts, Aug. 14, 1952. Children– Three. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1950; Northwestern University, Ph.D., 1953. Served in U. S. Army, 1945-46. Taught English, Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire, 1953-55; University of Michigan, 1955-59; University of Missouri, 1959-1989. Folger Shakespeare Library research fellow, 1955. Member; Modern Language Association of America; Renaissance Society of America; Shakespeare Society of America; Authors Guild; Authors League of America. Died August 18, 2011.

Source: Contemporary Authors online; obituary


Guide to Living Power. Atlanta; John Knox, 1975.

John Steinbeck. Charlottesville, Va.; Samkar Press, 1982.

Protestant Romances; Patterns of Reality in the Prose of Sir Giovanni Francesco Blondi. Lawrence, Kan.; Coronado Press, 1980.

Speaking Up in Church. Nashville; Broadman, 1977.

Survival; a Manual on Manipulating. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1979.


Living in Love; a Guide to Realistic Christian Marriage. Atlanta; John Knox, 1976.

Two Careers–One Marriage.  New York: AMACOM, 1980.


Fiction; Form and Experience. Boston; Heath, 1969.

The Present State of Scholarship in Sixteenth-Century Literature. Columbia; University of Missouri Press, 1978.

Stages of Composition. Boston; Heath, 1964.