Blotner grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He has taught at the
Universities of Idaho, Virginia, North Carolina, and Michigan. At Virginia
he was chairman of the Balch Committee, where William Faulkner became
Writer-in Residence. His writings include Robert PenWarren: A Biography,
the two-volume Faulkner: A Biography, and Selected Letters
of William Faulkner. He has received numerous awards including
the Guggenheim and Fulbright. Blotner is Professor of English Emeritus
of the University of Michigan.