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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen Author: Rudolph Erich Raspe Release Date: April 5, 2006 [EBook #3154] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN *** Produced by Emma Dudding; Dagny; John Bickers; David Widger THE SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN By Rudolph Erich Raspe Published in 1895. INTRODUCTION It is a curious fact that of that class of literature to which Munchausen belongs, that namely of _Voyages Imaginaires_, the three great types should have all been created in England.
Utopia, Robinson Crusoe, and Gulliver, illustrating respectively the philosophical, the edifying, and the satirical type of fictitious travel, were all written in England, and at the end of the eighteenth century a fourth type, the fantastically mendacious, was evolved in this country.
Of this type Munchausen was the modern original, and remains the classical example. The adaptability of such a species of composition to local and topical uses might well be considered prejudicial to its chances of obtaining a permanent place in literature.
Yet Munchausen has undoubtedly achieved such a place.
The Baron’s notoriety is universal, his character proverbial, and his name as familiar as that of Mr.
Lemuel Gulliver, or Robinson Crusoe, mariner, of York.
Condemned by the learned, like some other masterpieces, as worthless, Munchausen’s travels have obtained such a world-wide fame, that the story of their origin possesses a general and historic interest apart from whatever of obscurity or of curiosity it may h...

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