Rudolf Erich Raspe

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  • Sarah Kareem (University of Chicago )

The nineteenth-century antiquarian Robert Chambers observed of the life of Rudolf Erich Raspe: “there can hardly be a more curious piece of neglected biography”. The case remains today that for all the drama of his life, Raspe - translator; mining entrepreneur; geologist; curator; embezzler; essayist; possible industrial spy, and author of Baron Munchausen's adventures - is an oft-forgotten figure. As an innovator in remarkably diverse fields, including art history, geology, souvenir manufacturing, and fiction, Raspe had a unique passion for bringing art and science to the people, and a knack for harnessing the zeitgeist in his ephemeral productions.

Rudolf Raspe was born in Hanover in 1737 to Christian Theophilus Raspe, a…

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Kareem, Sarah. "Rudolf Erich Raspe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 October 2004
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Raspe's works

  1. Baron Munchausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia

Related Groups

  1. Children's Literature