Goffin, Robert

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Goffin, Robert Gender: M
born on 21 May 1898 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Ohain, Belgium, 50n42, 4e28
Timezone WET h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 00°03' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 06°30 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 09°07'


Belgian lawyer, author, and poet, credited with writing the first "serious" book on jazz, Aux Frontières du Jazz (On the Frontiers of Jazz) in 1932.

He left Belgium for the United States at the outset during World War II, supporting himself through lectures and writing. In 1942, he collaborated with Leonard Feather to teach what is considered the first course ever on jazz history and analysis, held at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

After the war, he returned to Belgium to again take up his legal activities at the Court of Appeal of Brussels. In 1952, he joined the Royal Academy of French Language and Literature, becoming director in 1971, and director of the Belgian Pen Club in 1956. His wife Suzanne died in 1965 and in the late 1970s, Goffin began a life of semi-retirement on the shores of Lake Genval, dying there on 27 June 1984 at age 86.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Michaël Mandl quotes birth record [1].


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 86)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction