Karl May

1842 - 1912

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Karl Friedrich May ( MY, German: [kaʁl ˈmaɪ] ; 25 February 1842 – 30 March 1912) was a German author. He is best known for his novels of travels and adventures, set in the American Old West, the Orient, the Middle East, Latin America, China and Germany. He also wrote poetry, a play, and composed music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl May has received more than 848,097 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Karl May is the 348th most popular writer (down from 316th in 2019), the 296th most popular biography from Germany (down from 284th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular German Writer.

Karl May was a German author who wrote about the adventures of a fictional character named Old Shatterhand.

Memorability Metrics

  • 850k

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  • 69.28

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 52

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.31

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.55

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Durchs wilde Kurdistan
Of all Apache chiefs, only young Winnetou may be capable of uniting the various quarreling tribes and making peace with the white men who are building the first transcontinental railroad
Durch das Land der Skipetaren
Von Bagdad nach Stambul
Der verlorene Sohn, oder, Der Fürst des Elends
Winnetou the Apache Knight

Page views of Karl Mays by language

Over the past year Karl May has had the most page views in the with 205,143 views, followed by English (104,851), and Czech (24,787). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (120.75%), West Frisian (67.40%), and Franco-Provençal (65.69%)


Among writers, Karl May ranks 348 out of 7,302Before him are Arthur Schnitzler, Luqman, Henry Miller, Marguerite Yourcenar, Apollonius of Rhodes, and Max Brod. After him are Ezra Pound, Joseph Brodsky, Ken Follett, Louise Glück, Yunus Emre, and Ahmad Yasawi.

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Among people born in 1842, Karl May ranks 7Before him are Abdul Hamid II, William James, Peter Kropotkin, Stéphane Mallarmé, Jules Massenet, and Alfred Marshall. After him are John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Dominic Savio, Josef Breuer, Camille Flammarion, Paul Lafargue, and Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria. Among people deceased in 1912, Karl May ranks 9Before him are Henri Poincaré, Frederick VIII of Denmark, Jules Massenet, Frédéric Passy, Bram Stoker, and Edward Smith. After him are Thomas Andrews, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Robert Falcon Scott, Joseph Lister, Auguste Beernaert, and Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl May ranks 296 out of 7,253Before him are Ernst Ruska (1906), Wilhelm Grimm (1786), Hans Memling (1435), Sophie Scholl (1921), Martin Behaim (1459), and Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1175). After him are Helmut Schmidt (1918), Franz Marc (1880), Robert Bunsen (1811), Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955), and Hermann Hoth (1885).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Karl May ranks 23Before him are Paul Heyse (1830), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), Ernst Jünger (1895), Michael Ende (1929), Friedrich Schlegel (1772), and Wilhelm Grimm (1786). After him are Einhard (770), Heinrich Mann (1871), Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170), Traudl Junge (1920), Jean Paul (1763), and Patrick Süskind (1949).