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Glazier, Lyle

 File — Box: 6, Folder: 34
Identifier: ABER MS MISC

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Abernethy manuscript miscellany collection is comprised of 19 boxes (18 regular and 1 oversize) organized alphabetically by author last name. This collection includes original manuscript and typescript letters and writings from American authors throughout the 19th and 21st centuries. Transcriptions of original manuscript letters are available for some items.


  • 1835 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Lyle E. Glazier (1911-2004) was born in Leverett, Massachusetts to Harry Lee and Mertie Abby (Briggs) Glazier. Glazier attended Middlebury College as a member of the class of 1933. He received a Master of Arts degree from the Bread Loaf School of English in 1937, and a doctorate from Harvard University in 1950.

Glazier served as Principal of the Northfield Massachusetts Center Graded School from 1934-1935, Housemaster of the Mount Hermon School for Boys in Gill, Massachusetts from 1935-1937, English instructor at Bates College from 1937-1942, and English instructor at Tufts College from 1942-1944. Glazier served as assistant in Shakespeare at Harvard University from 1944-1945, teaching fellow at Harvard and Radcliffe College from 1945-1952, assistant professor of English at the University of Buffalo from 1947-1952, and associate professor and chairman of American Studies at the University of Buffalo from 1952-1963.

Glazier was professor of English and American studies at SUNY Buffalo from 1965-1972, Fulbright chair of American Studies at the University of Istanbul from 1961-1963, Fulbright Lecturer at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey from 1968-1969, visiting professor from 1970-1971, and lecturer at University Madras in India from 1970-1971.

He acted as a consultant of thematic studies for the City University of New York from 1973-1975, visiting professor at Sana's University in North Yemen in 1980, and volunteer adjunct professor in African American literature at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont from 1984-1985. Glazier also acted as a United States Information Service volunteer expert in American Literature in India in 1971, and volunteer professor at Miles College in Birmingham in 1967.

Glazier was featured in the Marquis' "Who's Who in the World," and was a member of the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Council on the Arts, the Bennington Area Arts Council, the Gallery NOBIAS, the Poets and Writers Modern Language Association, the Poetry and Rare Books Collection of SUNY, the Friends of the Bennington Free Library, and the Friends of the Middlebury College Library.

His written works include his unpublished autobiography Wicked...and Spotless as the Lamb, Searching for Amy, Azubah Nye, Prefatory Lyrics, Great Day Coming, Stills from a Motion Picture, and others.

In June of 1952, Glazier was summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee for suspected Communist party membership, based on his previous support of American socialist politicians.

Glazier married Middlebury College classmate Amy L. Niles (1911-1987) in 1939. They had three children: Laura, Susan, and Alis. Amy died in 1987 following a long illness. Glazier writes a great deal about his sexual/romantic relationships with Amy and others, primarily in his correspondence. Glazier was an openly gay man (particularly in the years following Amy's death), and much of his writing (see correspondence) concerns AIDS and the gay community in the 1980s as well as his reflections on his own sexuality. In the 1950s, prior to his tenure in Turkey, Glazier was discovered having sex with a man in a public restroom, after which he was required to undergo electroshock aversion therapy and was forced by university administration to leave his teaching position in Buffalo. While in Turkey, Glazier met author James Baldwin, an event which he would write about at some length.

Glazier died on October 21, 2004, at Prospect Nursing Home in North Bennington, Vermont, at the age of 93.


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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States