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Tristram Coffin

Born: Feb 13, 1922

Death: Jan 31, 2012

Birthplace: San Marino

Nationality: United States

Tristram Coffin

Date of Birth : Feb 13, 1922
Date of Death : Jan 31, 2012
Birth Place : San Marino

Tristram Potter Coffin was a folklorist and leading scholar of ballad texts in the 20th century. Dr. Coffin spent the bulk of his career at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a full professor of English and a co-founder of the Folklore Department. He is the author of 20 books and more than 100 scholarly articles and reviews.

Also known as


  • Tristram P. Coffin
  • Tristram Potter Coffin

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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