Literary scholar; University professor. Born– September 11, 1940, Birmingham. Parents– John and Nell (Marshall) Reid. Married– George Broughton;  Children– One; married John Irwin Fischer, Nov. 29, 1976; children–one. Education– Randolph Macon College, 1958-1959; University of Alabama, B.A., 1962, M.A., 1963; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1971. Taught English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute 1967-1975; taught English at Louisiana State University. 1975-2000. Published many articles in scholarly journals. Member Phi Beta Kappa and professional organizations. Professor emerita, 2001.


Contemporary Authors online


Art and Affection; A Life of Virginia Woolf.  Oxford University Press, 1996.

The Art of Walker Percy. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1979.

Guide to Teaching Literature. Glenview, Ill.; Scott, Foresman, 1979.

Tillie Olsen; One Woman, Many Riddles.  Rutgers University Press, 2010.

William Faulkner; the Abstract and the Actual. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1974.

Editor and contributor;

Conversations with Ellen Douglas.  University Press of Mississippi, 2000.