Teacher; writer. Born– June 20, 1930, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Thomas Alfred and Lucile (Sylvester) McFarland. Married– Patricia Connors, July 23, 1960. Children– Two. Education– B.A., 1951, Oberlin College; St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University, M.A., 1957.  Served in U.S. Navy, 1951-1954. Textbook editor, Houghton Mifflin, 1958-1964; lived in Europe, 1964-1966; taught English, Concord Academy, Concord, Mass., 1966-1995. Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.


Contemporary Authors online


The Brave Bostonians:  Hutchinson, Quincy, Franklin, and the Coming of the American Revolution.  Boulder, Co.:  Westview Press, 1998.

Hawthorne in Concord.  New York: Grove Press, 2004.

A History of Concord Academy.  2 volumes.  The Academy, 1986.

A House Full of Women. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1960.

Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe.  New York: Grove Press, 2004.

Mark Twain and the Colonel: Samuel L. Clemens, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Arrival of a New Century.  Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.

Sea Dangers; the Affairs of the Somers. New York; Schocken Books, 1985.

Seasons of Fear. New York; Schocken Books, 1984.

Sojourners; a Narrative of the Human Adventure …. New York; Atheneum, 1979.


Composition; Models and Exercises. Boston; Harcourt, 1971.

Explorations in Literature.  Houghton Mifflin, 1971.

Focus on Literature. Six volumes. Boston:  Houghton Mifflin, 1972; revised edition, 1978.

Forms in English Literature.  Houghton Mifflin, 1971.

Golden State Arms–World’s Guns and Other Weapons.  Los Angeles:  Peterson, 1958.

Moments in Literature.  Houghton Mifflin, 1971.

Perceptions in Literature.  Houghton Mifflin, 1971.

Reflections in Literature.  Houghton Mifflin, 1971.

Themes in American Literature.  Houghton Mifflin, 1971.