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Robert Peter Tristram Coffin was born in 1892 in Brunswick, Maine. He attended Bowdoin College and Princeton University, and was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and served in the U.S. Army. He taught at Wells College in New York from 1921 to 1934 before returning to Bowdoin, where he was a Pierce Professor of English until his death in 1955. A prolific writer and popular speaker who drew inspiration from his time spent on a saltwater farm in Maine, he published more than three dozen works of prose and poetry. His book, Strange Holiness, won the 1936 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
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