Biography and History

A member of the Princeton Class of 1932, Peyton Houston was a businessman who pursued a second career as a poet and freelance writer. Houston spent forty years as vice-president of the Equity Corporation, a New York investment company and through mergers and acquisitions transformed the company into Wheelabrator-Frye, Inc., a leading company dealing with environmental systems. Concurrent with his business career Houston maintained a lifelong interest in poetry and writing.

Publications by Houston: Sonnet Variations (Highlands, N.C.: J. Williams, 1962), The Changes, Orders, Becomings (Winston-Salem, N.C.: Jargon Society, 1990), For the Remarkable Animals (Providence, R.I.: Burning Deck, 1970), The Importance of the Unicorn ( Lawrenceville, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992), Arguments of Idea (Penland, N.C.: Jargon Society, 1980)

Source: From the finding aid for C0831


  • Poets, American -- 20th century..
  • Peyton Houston Papers. 1925-1994 (inclusive), 1950-1990 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0831

    Peyton Houston (Princeton Class of 1932) worked with the New York investment company Equity Corporation for forty years, while pursuing a career in poetry and freelance writing on the side. His papers include some of his poetry notebooks and drafts and manuscripts of his published works. The collection also contains his correspondence with family and friends, writers and publishers, and photocopied correspondence with Peter Yates. Some drafts of Yates’ work and some personal memorabilia of Houston’s complete the collection.