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Peter Seaton Papers
MSS 748  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Contents of Collection
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Peter Seaton Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 748
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet (1 archives box)
    Date (inclusive): 1977 - 2000
    Abstract: Papers of Peter Seaton, an American poet and writer associated with the Language poets. Materials include typescript and manuscript drafts of Seaton's writing, drafts of unpublished poetry books, and ephemera related to Seaton and his career.
    Creator: Seaton, Peter

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The papers document Peter Seaton's career as a writer. The collection is arranged in two series: 1) WRITINGS and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL.
    The WRITINGS series is comprised of typescript and manuscript poetry drafts, drafts of unpublished books of poetry, and a transcript of an interview of Henry Hills conducted by Seaton. Materials are arranged by title, when given, with miscellaneous poems and drafts filed at the end. The bulk of this material is undated.
    The second series, MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL, includes a letter to Charles Bernstein, a photograph of Seaton and his then wife Judy Lippa, an article about Seaton by Larry Price, and a typescript poem dedicated to Seaton. The series also contains several love letters written by Seaton to artist Lee Sherry.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Peter Seaton Papers, MSS 748. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available


    Peter Seaton was born on December 16, 1942 in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1964. After college, Seaton became involved in the New York poetry scene and was a frequent contributor to L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. His first book, Agreement, was published in 1978, followed by The Son Master (1982) and Crisis Intervention (1983).
    Peter Seaton died in New York on May 18, 2010.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American poetry
    Language poetry
    Poets, American