Peter D. Martin

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Peter Dean Martin
Born 1923
Died March 3, 1988 (65)[1]
San Francisco, California[1]
Cause of death
Known for City Lights Bookstore
Home town New York
Spouse(s) Madeleine Martin (nee Doubleday)[2]
Parents Carlo Tresca and Sabina 'Bina' Flynn[1]
Relatives Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Peter Dean Martin (born 1923) was a college professor and bookstore owner, known for his founding of the City Lights Bookstore. He was the son of Carlo Tresca and Sabina 'Bina' Flynn, and the nephew of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.[3][4]


Martin, the son of Carlo Tresca and Bina Flynn, was teaching sociology at San Francisco State College when in 1953 he founded the short lived City Lights Publishing company. To support the publishing company he started the City Lights Pocket Book Shop with Lawrence Ferlinghetti.[5]

After two years, he sold his interest in the bookstore and returned to his native New York, where he founded the New Yorker Bookstore.[6]