His academic life
Before Tom was a wino, he was an academic. Eons ago, after an undergraduate career at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, he completed a PhD in English at Johns Hopkins University. He spent four years as assistant professor of English at Ohio State, then won a postdoctoral fellowship for another year at Hopkins. From there he moved to Stony Brook University (in those days laboring under the less-mellifluous name of the State University of New York at Stony Brook), where over 30-some years he progressed from associate professor to full professor to chair of the English Department to emeritus professor (retired).
In his scholarly days, Tom wrote four academic books . . .
Pope’s Horatian Poems. Ohio State University Press, 1967
Epic to Novel. Ohio State University Press, 1974; paperback edition 1976
Three English Epics: Studies in Chaucer, Spenser, and Milton. University of Nebraska Press, 1979
Commentary on the First Six Books of Virgil’s Aeneid by Bernardus Silvestris: A Translation and Introduction. With E.G. Schreiber. University of Nebraska Press, 1979
. . . and some three dozen articles that were published in scholarly journals and/or read as papers at conferences.
Though his writing now is mainly devoted to wine, he is still tinkering with his yet-to-be-published academic magnum opus, a 700-page manuscript on allegory from Homer to Thomas Pynchon.