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The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

by Rudolf Raspe

‘The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ is an enjoyable & satirical account of the fictitious exploits and travels of the fictionalized ‘Baron Munchausen’. These tall-tales, which are narrated by the Baron to his listeners, are fabulous to read and are full of political, social and personal satire. The stories about Münchhausen were first collected and published by an anonymous author in 1781. An English version was published in London in 1785, by Rudolf Erich Raspe, as Baron Munchhausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia, also called The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchhausen. It is not clear how much of the story material derives from the Baron himself; however, it is known that the majority of the stories are based on folktales that have been in circulation for many centuries before Münchhausen's birth.

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Rudolf Erich Raspe  was a German librarian, writer, and scientist, called by his biographer John Patrick Carswell a "rogue". He is best known for his collection of tall tales The Surprising Adven...

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