Literary scholar; University professor. Born– September 13, 1926, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Thomas Alfred and Lucille (Sylvester) McFarland. Education– A.B., Harvard University, 1949; M.A., 1951; Ph.D., Yale, 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. 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.