Edwin Atherstone

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Edwin Atherstone
Born 1788
Died 1872 (aged 83–84)
Occupation poet, novelist
Notable work The Fall of Nineveh

Edwin Atherstone (1788–1872) was a poet and novelist.[1] His works, which were planned on an imposing scale, attracted some temporary attention and applause, but are now forgotten. His chief poem, The Fall of Nineveh, consisting of thirty books, appeared at intervals from 1828 to 1868. He was a close friend and associate of the painter John Martin, whose well-known painting "The Fall of Nineveh" was produced in conjunction with Atherstone's poem.[2]

He also produced two novels, The Sea Kings in England and The Handwriting on the Wall.


  1. ^ A Selection of his Poems
  2. ^ "S.T. Coleridge, Edwin Atherstone and the Grove Conversazione: Some Newly-Discovered Letters" by Tom Mayberry, Coleridge Bulletin, New Series 18, Winter 2001, p. 43-52. Retrieved Jan. 28, 2011.