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

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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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referencedIn Shain, Charles E. Growing up in Maine : research papers collection, 1990-1993. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Robert Peter Tristram Coffin collection, 1910-1955. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
referencedIn Wheelwright, John, 1897-1940. Papers 1920-1940. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Signed Photograph of Robert P. Tristram Coffin. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Urrows, David Francis. Winterreise : for soprano and chamber ensemble / [music] by David Francis Urrows ; on five poems of Robert P. Tristram Coffin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss Bates December 18, 1927. Wellesley College
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Manuscript collection of Robert Peter Tristram Coffin [manuscript], 1944-1955. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Dear Elizabeth Manwaring August 14, 1943. Wellesley College
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Marine ballads, 1938. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Vol. CCCXXVIII (ff. 322). 2-17 May 1842.includes:ff. 1, 9 Lieutenant-General Sir George Murray, KCB; General 1841; Master-General of the Ordnance: Correspondence with Sir R. Peel: 1824-1846.ff. 3, 5 General Sir Howard Douglas, 3rd Baronet Lord Hi... British Library
creatorOf Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941. Christopher Morley Collection, 1913-1943 [manuscript] Haverford College Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-. Correspondence and papers regarding Julius J. Lankes : [multimedia], ca. 1911-1978. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss [Eliabeth] Manwaring June 28, 1935. Wellesley College
creatorOf Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-. Dahlov Ipcar papers, 1906-1997. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970. Papers of Waldo Peirce, 1936 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Carpenter, Margaret Haley. Papers of Margaret Haley Carpenter [manuscript], 1898-1985, bulk 1953-1985. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss Manwaring June 14, 1931. Wellesley College
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss Manwaring January 2, 1932. Wellesley College
referencedIn Turnbull, Eleanor L. (Eleanor Laurelle). Eleanor Turnbull papers, 1887-1960. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf University of Maine. Robert Peter Tristram Coffin collection, 1935-1949. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn Columbia University. Dept. of English and Comparative Literature. Columbia University English Department letters, 1896-1961. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1943-1944. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert Peter Tristram, 1892-. Signature, [not later than 1948]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Typed letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss [Elizabeth] Manwaring October 11, 1935. Wellesley College
creatorOf Wheelwright, John, 1897-1940. Papers, 1920-1940, Part II (Bullock-Levine). Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss Manwaring October 1, 1931. Wellesley College
creatorOf Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-. Catalog and prints of Julius J. Lankes' woodcuts [manuscript], 1917-1958. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Letter, 1934 July 1, Aurora, N.Y., to Perry Walton. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Robert P. Tristram Coffin letter to Leonard Twynham and poem, 1934. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss [Elizabeth] Manwaring October 26, 1931. Wellesley College
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Letters in the Robert Peter Tristram Coffin collection. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss [Elizabeth] Manwaring June 7, 1931. Wellesley College
creatorOf Sheridan, Laura. Laura Sheridan collection, 1937-1955. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. T. Coffin to: Miss Manwaring October 7, 1931. Wellesley College
creatorOf Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-,. Prints and catalog of Julius J. Lankes's woodcuts [manuscript], 1918-1978. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lanier, Sidney, 1870-1918. Records of Lanier Camp in Eliot, Me., 1861-1990 (bulk 1906-1940). Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Skuodas, Audrey, 1940-. That which is visible came from the invisible--, 1995 / by Audra Skuodas. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Friends of Duke University Library. Scrapbook, 1943-1966. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed to: Elizabeth Manwaring December 23, 1934. Wellesley College
referencedIn Collection of autographed American correspondence, 1832-1969. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Typed letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss Bates October 5, 1927. Wellesley College
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Typed letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Mrs. Conant January 16, 1943. Wellesley College
referencedIn E. E. Cummings additional papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Stidger, William Leroy, 1885-1949. Letters to William Leroy Stidger, 1917-1949. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. Autograph letter signed Robert P. Tristram Coffin to: Miss Manwaring September 28, 1943. Wellesley College
creatorOf Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955. [Miscellaneous pamphlets by and about Robert Peter Tristam]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Campbell, Charles E., 1888-1985,. Charles E. Campbell photograph collection, 1935-1967. Maine Historical Society Library
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associatedWith Bates, Katharine Lee, 1859-1929. person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Campbell, Charles E., 1888-1985, person
associatedWith Carpenter, Margaret Haley. person
associatedWith Columbia University. Dept. of English and Comparative Literature. corporateBody
associatedWith Conant, Isabella Fiske. person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Friends of Duke University Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917- person
associatedWith Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915- person
associatedWith Manwaring, Elizabeth Wheeler, b. 1879. person
associatedWith Meine, Franklin Julius, 1896-1968. person
associatedWith Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970. person
associatedWith Shain, Charles E. person
associatedWith Sheridan, Laura. person
associatedWith Skuodas, Audrey, 1940- person
associatedWith Stidger, William Leroy, 1885-1949. person
associatedWith Turnbull, Eleanor L. (Eleanor Laurelle) person
associatedWith Twynham, Leonard, 1890-1968 person
associatedWith Urrows, David Francis. person
associatedWith Walton, Perry, 1865-1941. person
associatedWith Wheelwright, John, 1897-1940. person
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Berkshire, England
Hill of Knocknarea, Sligo
Carlisle, Cumberland
Maine
Panama, Isthmus of, Central America
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Poets, American--20th century
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1892-03-18

Death 1955-01-20

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