Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955

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Birth 1892-03-18
Death 1955-01-20

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Robert Peter Tristram Coffin grew up in Maine and attended Bowdoin College, Princeton University, and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at Wells College in Aurora, New York, and was Pierce Professor of English at Bowdoin College from 1935 until his death. Winner of the 1936 Pulitzer prize in poetry, Coffin authored more than forty books of prose and verse. He was a founder and a faculty member of the Towle Writers' Conference at the University of New Hampshire.

From the description of Robert Peter Tristram Coffin collection, 1910-1955. (Manchester City Library). WorldCat record id: 29840104

Robert Peter Tristram Coffin was an American author and educator, best known as a New England regional poet. Born in Brunswick, Maine, Coffin was educated at Bowdoin College and Princeton University; a Rhodes scholarship allowed him to study at Oxford University, a sojourn interrupted by World War I, but he returned after the war to complete his B. Litt. He had a long association with Wells College, and his poetry was popular and acclaimed; he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1936. Coffin was known as both a regional and traditional poet, and has not had lasting popularity outside of New England, although there was a time when he was more popular than his close friend, Robert Frost. He also wrote several novels and numerous essays.

From the description of Robert P. Tristram Coffin letter to Leonard Twynham and poem, 1934. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 156887437

American poet, born in Brunswick, ME; graduated from Bowdoin College in 1915 at the top of his class; spent a year at Princeton then went to Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar; by 1936 he had won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, Strange holiness; returned to Bowdoin to teach (1934-1955).

From the description of Marine ballads, 1938. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 55943323

American teacher and writer.

From the description of Letter, 1934 July 1, Aurora, N.Y., to Perry Walton. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 184907528


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