Peter Seaton Papers

Finding aid prepared by Mandeville Special Collections
Mandeville Special Collections
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Copyright 2012

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 Materials include typescript and manuscript drafts of Seaton's writing, drafts of unpublished poetry books, and ephemera related to Seaton and his career.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The WRITINGS series is comprised of typescript and manuscript poetry drafts, drafts of unpublished books of poetry, and a transcript of an interview of Henry Hills conducted by Seaton.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



Box 1, Folder 1

Axiom of Choice undated

Box 1, Folder 2

From a Linear Point of View undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Imaginary Ship - Book draft undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Interview with Henry Hills by Peter Seaton March 17, 1987

Box 1, Folder 5

Leeward undated

Box 1, Folder 6

O there is blessing in this gentle breeze... [Opening line from untitled poem] undated

Box 1, Folder 7

The Pyramids of Elysium - Book draft undated

Box 1, Folder 8

The Son Master 1982


Miscellaneous writing

Box 1, Folder 9, Oversize FB-520-08

Handwritten poetry and notes undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Typescript poetry drafts with handwritten edits undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Typescript drafts and copies of poems undated



Box 1, Folder 12

Letter & ephemera 1977, 1985, undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Letters to Lee Sherry 2000 & undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Writings about & for Seaton 1984, 1986