Literary scholar; University professor. Born– September 13, 1926, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Thomas Alfred and Lucille (Sylvester) McFarland. Education– A.B., Harvard University, 1949;  Yale, M.A., 1951; Ph.D.,  1953; Fulbright scholar, University of Tubingen, 1953-1954. Taught at Oberlin College, 1954-1956, University of Virginia, 1956-1958, Western Reserve University, 1958-1967; Graduate Center, City University of New York, 1967-1978; Princeton, 1978–89; visiting professor, All Souls College, Oxford; University of Colorado; University of Virginia; Yale; and other institutions. Contributor to many scholarly journals and anthologies.  Member Modern Language Association.  Fulbright Scholar, 1964-65, 74-75;  American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1973-1974; National Foundation for the Humanities fellow, 1981-1982. Honorary M.A., Oxford University, 1986. Awarded rank of  Murray Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Princeton, 1989.  Honored with a festschrift volume, The Coleridge Connection, 1989.  Died September 12, 2011.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982, Who’s Who in America online


Coleridge and the Pantheist Tradition. London; Clarendon Press, 1969.

The Masks of Keats:  The Endeavor of a Poet.  Oxford University Press,  2000.

Originality and Imagination. Baltimore; Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985.

Paradoxes of Freedom: The Romantic Mystique of a Transcendence. Oxford University Press,  1996.

Romantic Cruxes, the English Essayists and the Spirit of the Age. New York; Oxford University Press, 1987.

Romanticism and the Forms of Ruin; Wordsworth, Coleridge and the Modalities of Fragmentation. Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University Press, 1981.

Romanticism and the Heritage of Rousseau.  Oxford University Press,  1995.

Shakespeare’s Pastoral Comedy. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1972.

Shapes of Culture. Iowa City; University of Iowa Press, 1987.

Tragic Meaning in Shakespeare. New York; Random, 1966.

William Wordsworth:  Intensity and Achievement.  Clarendon Press, 1992


Opus Maximum:  The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  Princeton University Press, 2002.