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Charles Godfrey Leland

Born: Aug 15, 1824

Death: Mar 20, 1903

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Nationality: United States

Charles Godfrey Leland

Date of Birth : Aug 15, 1824
Date of Death : Mar 20, 1903
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Charles Godfrey Leland was an American humorist and folklorist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Princeton University and in Europe. Leland worked in journalism, travelled extensively, and became interested in folklore and folk linguistics, publishing books and articles on American and European languages and folk traditions. Leland worked in a wide variety of trades, achieved recognition as the author of the comic Hans Breitmann’s Ballads, fought in two conflicts, and wrote what was to become a primary source text for Neopaganism half a century later, Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches.

Also known as


  • Charles G Leland
  • Charles Leland
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