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Richard Hazelton Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms131

The Richard Hazelton Papers consists materials relating to William Gaddis including correspondence, lecture notes, clippings, print material, and an interview with Hazelton.


  • 1960-2003


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Biographical or Historical Information

Richard M. Hazelton was a medievalist and Chaucerian scholar.  Born in Camden, New Jersey, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force from 1943-1949.  During World War II, Hazelton was a bombardier and a prisoner of war in Germany.

After returning home, Hazelton went to college under the G.I. Bill. He earned a bachelor of arts in English at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1951 and a master of arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1952. He earned a doctorate in English from Rutgers University in 1956.

He joined Washington University’s Department of English in 1958 as an assistant professor after teaching at Ohio State University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1961 and to professor in 1964 and was named emeritus in 1984.

He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964 to conduct research in Oxford, England, and in Florence, Italy. Hazelton also taught for a year at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he developed a passion for Asian art and culture. Hazelton also was active in civil rights, antiwar and other political movements in the 1960s and 1970s.

After retiring, Hazelton traveled extensively in Mexico and Spain. He died at age 91 on November 13, 2009.

Method of Acquisition

Accession number 23032. Gift of Richard Hazelton, 2003 October 25

Accession number 23036. Gift of Richard Hazelton, 2004 August 9

Related Materials

See also the William Gaddis Papers (MSS049)

Richard Hazelton Papers
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  • 2020 November 6: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

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