Rudolf Erich Raspe





Rudolf Erich Raspe


Born
in Hannover, Germany
March 20, 1736

Died
November 16, 1794

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Rudolf Erich Raspe was a German librarian, writer and scientist, called by his biographer John Carswell a "rogue". He is best known for his collection of tall tales, The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, originally a satirical work with political aims.

Raspe was born in Hanover, studied law and jurisprudence at Göttingen and Leipzig and worked as a librarian for the university of Göttingen. In 1762, he became a clerk in the university library at Hanover, and in 1764 secretary to the university library at Göttingen. He had become known as a versatile scholar and a student of natural history and antiquities, and he published some original poems and also translations, among the latter of Leibnitz's philosophical works and of Ossian's p
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“If the Baron meets with a parcel of negro ships carrying whites into slavery to work upon their plantations in a cold climate, should we therefore imagine that he intends a reflection on the present traffic in human flesh? And that, if the negroes should do so, it would be simple justice, as retaliation is the law of God! If we were to think this a reflection on any present commercial or political matter, we should be tempted to imagine, perhaps, some political ideas conveyed in every page, in every sentence of the whole. Whether such things are or are not the intentions of the Baron the reader must judge.”
Rudolf Erich Raspe, The Surprising Adventures Of Baron Munchausen

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  44 votes, 18.4%

 
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  18 votes, 7.5%

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  15 votes, 6.3%

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  12 votes, 5.0%

 
  11 votes, 4.6%

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  10 votes, 4.2%

 
  9 votes, 3.8%

 
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