Karl May

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Karl May
BornKarl Friedrich May
(1842-02-25)25 February 1842
Ernstthal, Kingdom of Saxony, German Confederation
Died30 March 1912(1912-03-30) (aged 70)
Radebeul, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire
OccupationWriter, author
GenreWestern, travel fiction, German homeland novels, adventure novels

Karl Friedrich May (25 February 1842 – 30 March 1912) was a popular German author. He wrote over 70 books. He is known for his fictional adventure novels. His stories usually take place in the American Old West, the Orient or the Middle East during the 19th century. His most famous fictional character was the Apache Native American Winnetou. Winnetou's adventures often involved the German engineer Old Shatterhand. Other notable characters are Kara Ben Nemsi and Hadschi Halef Omar. May later wrote more academic and philosophical writings. There are over 200 million copies of his works.[1][2]

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  1. Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche. "Who was Karl May? Facts and myths surrounding the creator of Winnetou | DW | 24.02.2017". DW.COM. Retrieved 2022-08-03.
  2. "Karl May". Harvard Magazine. 2020-02-07. Retrieved 2022-08-03.