A twentieth-century Southern writer who decried the effects of industrialization, he is best known for works such as The Velvet Horn (1957) and A Wake For The Living (1973). He also edited the Sewanee Review during his academic tenure at the University of the South.
He attended Vanderbilt University, where he met several of his fellow Southern Agrarian authors.
He was nominated for the National Book Award for fiction for The Velvet Horn.
He was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He died in his home state at the age of ninety-two.
He and Allen Tate were both Southern Agrarian authors.