Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall

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Story by Poe, published in the Southern Literary Messenger (June 1835) and collected in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840).

Five years after the disappearance of Hans Pfaal from Rotterdam a balloon of odd shape and structure came over the city and from it a strange little person dropped a letter describing in pseudo-scientific detail Pfaall's own balloon ascension to the moon on a 19-day voyage that began on April 1 of an unnamed year. In a concluding Note the author declares the “sketchy trifle” is a hoax and links it to the Moon Hoax of Richard A. Locke.

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