Peter Daniel Amadeus Atterbmi, a Swedish poet, born Jan. 19, 1790, died in Upsal, July 21, 1855. At the university of Upsal he was one of several students who formed the "Aurora" association, with the purpose of emancipating Swedish literature from French influence. His essays published in the society's magazine, the "Phosphorus," and directed against the academy and the prominent literary party of the day, provoked a feud in which he was the chief object of attack. But he gradually gained adherents, and in 1819, after a tour of two years in Germany and Italy, he was made German tutor to Prince Oscar, the future king of Sweden. Subsequently he became professor at Upsal, and in 1839 was received as member of the academy, which he had assailed in the "Phosphorus." The best of his satirical contributions to that magazine was a drama in prose entitled Rimarbandet, " League of the Rhymers." As founder and for many years editor of the Poetisk Kalender, he exerted a marked influence upon aesthetic culture in Sweden. His lyrical poems are contained in his Samlade Dikter (2 vols., Upsal, 1836-'7). His Skrifter or confessions (1835) treat of history and philosophy. The most important of his other works, Svenska Siare och Skalder ("The Seers and Poets of Sweden "), is a review of Swedish literature.
The 6th and last volume of this work appeared in 1856. A posthumous work, Poesiens Historia, was published at Ore-bro in 1862. The best complete edition of his works appeared there in 1858.