Dr. Alfred Sandlin Reid was born in Orlando, Florida on October 26, 1924 to the Reverend U.E. Reid and Rhoda Wilkinson Reid. His parents hoped he would follow in his father's footsteps, and he spent two years at Stetson University studying to be a Baptist preacher before he enlisted in the Army in 1942. He served in France and Germany during the war, then joined an army program that allowed him to spend a semester studying at Merton College, Oxford. After his return from Europe, Reid completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of Miami in 1948. He continued to the University of Florida, where he earned a Master's degree and completed a Ph.D. in English literature in 1952.
After teaching briefly at Trinity College, Connecticut, and the Citadel, Dr. Reid joined the faculty of Furman University in 1955. He was appointed Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature in 1968 and served as chair of the English department beginning in 1972. He taught courses on all levels, from Southern literature to Creative Writing, though his main scholarly interest was in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and other nineteenth century New Englanders. Furman awarded him the Meritorious Teaching Award in 1973. Reid remained at Furman until his death on March 7, 1976.
Alfred Reid published several scholarly works during his lifetime: The Yellow Ruff and "The Scarlet Letter;" The Arts in Greenville; Furman University: Toward a New Identity, 1825-1975; and numerous articles on the history of Greenville and the literature of nineteenth century New England. In addition, Reid published two volumes of poetry, Crumbling Stones and Lady Godiva's Lover. His autobiography, Icons and Images, was written for his daughters and was not intended to be published.
Alfred Sandlin Reid married Nathalie Rozran in 1948. They had two daughters, Miriam and Martha.