AB, Barnard College, 1961; AM, Yale University, 1962; Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1970.
Lecturer, CUNY, 1963; instructor, Tufts U., Medford, Massachusetts, 1965-1966; lecturer, University of Chicago, 1970-1971; assistant professor, University of Chicago, 1971-1976; assistant dean of students, social science, University of Chicago, 1977-1980; associate professor, Chicago City-Wide College, 1981-1985; professor, Chicago City-Wide College, 1985-1991; Professor of English, Richard J. Daley College, Chicago, since 1991.
Member Modern Language Association, Midwest Modern Language Association, Community College Humanities Association, National Association Scholars, Association Literature Scholars Critics, Association Core Texts Courses, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Herbert Yale Meltzer, June 12, 1960. Children: David Owen Meltzer, Danielle Beth Meltzer Cassel.