Rudolf Erich Raspe (1780 words)

  • Sarah Kareem (University of Chicago )

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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…

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

Articles on Raspe's works

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

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  1. Children's Literature