Rupert Atkinson (poet)

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Rupert Atkinson
Born (1881-02-02)2 February 1881
Sandhurst, Victoria
Died 6 February 1961(1961-02-06) (aged 80)
East Melbourne, Victoria,

Rupert Atkinson (2 February 1881 – 6 February 1961) was an Australian poet.


E.J. Rupert Atkinson was born in Bendigo (formerly known as Sandhurst), Victoria, and died in East Melbourne, Victoria, just after his eightieth birthday. Atkinson completed his high school education at Rugby School and Dover College, after commencing at St Andrew's College, Bendigo. He matriculated and studied medicine at the University of Melbourne but did not complete the course. After his father's death Atkinson inherited substantial property in the Bendigo area and soon devoted himself to a life of literature.[1][2]



  • The Shrine of Desire: Poems (1906)
  • By a Midnight Sea: Poems (1908)
  • A Modern Magdelene (1913) (aka The Renegades: A Tale in Verse)
  • Wayside Poems (1913)
  • A Flagon of Song (1919)
  • We Gods in Masquerade (1964)


  • A Nocturne (1919)
  • Each Man a Multitude: a fantastic tragedy in three acts (1923)
  • Ten Years' Remorse: a play in one act (1923)
  • A Prologue to a Tragedy (1924)
  • Boronia for the Soul (1925)
  • Prologue to a Tragedy (1928) (aka A Prologue and Three Plays)