Literary scholar and editor: university professor.  Born– Pennsylvania.  Education:  Davidson College, A.B., 1966; University of Virginia:  M.A., 1967; Ph.D., 1974.  Professor of English, University of Alabama, 1974-  . Military service:  U.S. Army, Vietnam.   Author of many articles in professional journals and anthologies as well as books;  leading voice in scholarship of the literature of  the war in Vietnam.  Received the Henry Jacobs Award for excellence in teaching, 1989; the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Literary Scholarship from the Alabama College English Teachers Association, 1999; the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Alabama, 1999.


University of Alabama website.


American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1982 (reprt., 2007).

American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007.

Beautiful War:  Studies in a Dreadful Fascination.  University of Alabama Press, 2016.

First Books: The Printed Word and Cultural Formation in Early Alabama.  University of Alabama Press, 1999.

The Good War’s Greatest Hits:  World War II and American Remembering.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998.

La Isla Llamada el Paradiso/The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts.  University of Alabama Press, 1914.

Late Thoughts on an Old War:  The Legacy of Vietnam.  Athens: University of  Georgia Press, 2004 (reprt., 2007.

Rewriting America: Vietnam Authors in their Generation.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

Scriptures for a Generation:  What We Were Reading in the 60s.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

The Victory Album:  Reflections on the Good Life after the Good War.  University of Alabama Press, 2010.


The Art of Fiction in the Heart of Dixie.  University of Alabama Press, 1986.

Company K.  University of Alabama Press, 1989.

Dog and Gun.  University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Gulfstream.  University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Many Voices, Many Rooms: A New Anthology of Alabama Writers.  Univesity of Alabama Press, 1997.

Rachel’s Children.  University of Alabama Press, 1990.


The Mythologizing of Mark Twain.  University of Alabama Press, 1984.

Writing Race across the Atlantic World, Medieval to Modern.  New York: Palgrave Press, 2005.