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Karl Friedrich May

Born: 1842 AD
Died: 1912 AD, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Novelists, Writers


1842 - Karl Friedrich May, born on the 25th of February in Ernstthal, Kingdom of Saxony. He was the best selling German writer of all time, noted chiefly for wild west books set in the American West and similar books set in the Orient and Middle East; in addition, he also wrote stories set in his native Germany.

1863 - His short career as a teacher ended abruptly due to a false accusation by his flatmate.

1875 - He published his first story.

1892 - With Winnetou I appearing in a book edition, did he achieve success with his writing, eventually becoming very popular.

1908 - He certainly visited North America, long after writing the books set there, never travelling west of Buffalo, New York.

1912 - Died on the 30th of March in Radebeul, Germany.

1969 - The Karl May Society (Karl-May-Gesellschaft) was founded to study his life and works.


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