John Strong Perry Tatlock

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John Strong Perry Tatlock
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John Strong Perry Tatlock, c. 1906
Born (1876-02-24)February 24, 1876
Stamford, Connecticut
Died June 24, 1948(1948-06-24) (aged 72)
Alma mater Harvard College
Known for Scholar of medieval literature
Spouse(s) Marjorie Fenton

John Strong Perry Tatlock (February 24, 1876 – June 24, 1948) was an American literary scholar and medievalist. Tatlock was born in Stamford, Connecticut, in February 1876. He attended Harvard University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1896 and his Ph.D. in 1903. He began his academic career at the University of Michigan (1897-1916). He later joined the faculties of Stanford University (1915-1925), Harvard (1925-1929), and the University of California, Berkeley (1929-1946). He specialized in the literature of medieval Britain, focusing especially on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and Geoffrey of Monmouth. His works include The Development and Chronology of Chaucer's Works, The Modern Reader's Chaucer, The Siege of Troy in Elizabethan Literature, and A Concordance to the Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer and to the Romaunt of the Rose. The book for which he is chiefly remembered is his posthumously published study of Geoffrey of Monmouth, The Legendary History of Britain.[1][2]

His daughter Jean Tatlock was an American psychiatrist, physician, and a member of the Communist Party who became known for her romantic relationship with Manhattan Project scientific leader J. Robert Oppenheimer.[3]


  1. Burke A. Hinsdale and Isaac Newton Demmon, History of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1906), pp. 359-360.
  2. Hart, W. M.; Linforth, I. M.; Lehman, B. H. (2011). "John Strong Perry Tatlock, English: Berkeley 1876-1948". University of California: In Memoriam, 1948. California Digital Library.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Herken, Gregg (2003). Brotherhood of the Bomb. New York: Henry Holt and Company, p. 29. ISBN 978-0-8050-6589-3.