University professor. Born– September 13, 1926, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Thomas Alfred and Lucile (Sylvester) McFarland. Education– A.B., Harvard University, 1949; M.A., 1951; Ph.D., Yale, 1953; Fulbright scholar, University of Tublingen, 1953-1954. Employed by 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; Murray Professor of English Literature, Princeton, 1981; visiting professor, University of Colorado, University of Virginia, Yale; American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1973-1974; National Foundation for the Humanities fellow, 1981-1982.


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


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

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

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.

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.