Born to B. Frank and Esther A. Stoltzfus in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Earns a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College in Massachusetts and a Master of Arts from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1954.
Begins postgraduate studies at the University of Paris and completes coursework in 1956.
Receives the Fulbright-Hays Research Grant to Paris through 1956, and again in 1963 through 1964.
Becomes a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, until 1958.
Teaches as an instructor in French at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, until 1960.
Earns a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin.
Teaches as a professor of French, Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.
Writes “Alain Robbee-Grillet and the New French Novel,” the first book in English about the French nouveau roman.
Writes “The Eye of the Needle”; receives Creative Arts Institute Awards from the University of California.
Writes “Gide’s Eagles;” receives the MLA Scholar’s Library Award and the Humanities Institute Awards from the University of California.
Earns an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Amherst College.
Is a Camargo Foundation Grantee, and again in 1985.
Is named a University California Fellow by the Center for Ideas and Society and maintains this status.
Retires and earns the title of Professor Emeritus for his years of service to the University of California, Riverside.
Writes “Lancan and Literature: Purloined Pretexts”; receives the Gradiva Award from the NAAP.
Named the Edward. A. Dickson Distinguished Prof. Emeritus of Comparative Lit.; writes “Magritte and Literature: Elective Affinities.”
Receives grant from the University of California and writes “Magritte and Literature: Elective Affinities.”
Writes “Romoland: A Pictonovel,” illustrated by Judith Palmer, second edition, 2017.
Writes “Dumpster, for God’s Sake” and “Alliecats: 53 Graphic Tales & Fun Puns About Cats,” illustrated by Allie Kirschner.