Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Seaver mss. II, ca. 1961–1975, consist of papers of publisher Richard W. Seaver, 1926–2009. Seaver was an American translator, editor and publisher who defied censorship and was instrumental in bringing works by Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller, the Marquis de Sade, William Burroughs, Jean Genet, D. H. Lawrence, Jack Kerouac, Octavio Paz and Eugéne Ionesco among others to the attention of American readers. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Seaver was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to France, studying at the Sorbonne in Paris in the early 1950's while he wrote his dissertation on James Joyce. It was there that he met his wife, Jeannette Medina, whom he married in 1953. The founder and president of Arcade Publishing, Seaver worked at Grove Press through the 1970s and then founded his own imprint at Viking before launching Arcade in 1988.

The papers include correspondence, corrected galleys, and publishing materials, etc. of various authors such as Alain Robbe–Grillet, Jean Genet, Juan Goytisolo and Alain Resnais.

Acquired: 2009

Collection size: 58 items

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Related manuscripts: Seaver mss.

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