Robert W. Hamblin is Professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University, where he has taught since 1965. He first met L. D. Brodsky in 1978, and since that time the two men have worked together to produce Faulkner: A Comprehensive Guide to the Brodsky Collection (5 vols., UP Mississippi, 1988) and other books, articles, exhibits, and public lectures based on the materials in the Brodsky Collection. Hamblin has served as Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies since its creation in 1989.
Hamblin has directed Faulkner seminars for both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Missouri Humanities Council. He is one of the originators of the "Teaching Faulkner" sessions at the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference and edits Teaching Faulkner, a newsletter devoted to the teaching of Faulkner works in university, college, and high school classes. He has co-edited, with Charles A. Peek, A William Faulkner Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 1999) and A Companion to Faulkner Studies (Greenwood, 2004); with Stephen Hahn, Teaching Faulkner: Approaches and Methods (Greenwood, 2000); and, with Ann J. Abadie, Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century (UP Mississippi, 2003). In 1997 he delivered the keynote address at the Faulkner Centennial Celebration in New Albany, Mississippi, Faulkner's birthplace.
A native of northeast Mississippi, Hamblin first read Faulkner's works in T. D. Young's Southern Literature class at Delta State University in 1959. Later he earned his master's and doctor's degrees at the University of Mississippi, completing both his thesis and dissertation on Faulkner topics under the direction of John Pilkington.
In addition to his Faulkner work, Hamblin has published two volumes of poems, From the Ground Up and Mind the Gap: Poems by an American in London; a sports biography, Win or Win: A Season with Ron Shumate; and critical essays on Robert Penn Warren, Willie Morris, Pat Conroy, and W. P. Kinsella. He serves as poetry editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature and as associate editor of The Cape Rock, a little magazine of poetry.