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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 828,444 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Karl May is the 317th most popular writer (down from 278th in 2019), the 284th most popular biography from Germany (down from 220th in 2019) and the 21st most popular German Writer.

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

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Among writers, Karl May ranks 317 out of 5,755Before him are Prosper Mérimée, Mario Puzo, Raymond Chandler, Paul Celan, Callimachus, and Gregory of Tours. After him are François Mauriac, Jack Kerouac, Ezra Pound, Carlos Castaneda, Georges Bataille, and Arthur Schnitzler.

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Among people born in 1842, Karl May ranks 8Before him are William James, Peter Kropotkin, Alfred Marshall, Stéphane Mallarmé, Jules Massenet, and John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh. After him are Dominic Savio, Josef Breuer, Camille Flammarion, Paul Lafargue, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, and James Dewar. Among people deceased in 1912, Karl May ranks 9Before him are August Strindberg, Jules Massenet, Edward Smith, Bram Stoker, Frédéric Passy, and Frederick VIII of Denmark. After him are Thomas Andrews, Robert Falcon Scott, Joseph Lister, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, William McMaster Murdoch, and William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl May ranks 284 out of 6,142Before him are Joseph Beuys (1921), Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567), Constanze Mozart (1762), Michael Haneke (1942), August Kekulé (1829), and Georgius Agricola (1494). After him are Karl Weierstrass (1815), Sepp Dietrich (1892), Frederick V of the Palatinate (1596), Christian I of Denmark (1426), Einhard (770), and Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Karl May ranks 21Before him are Eckhart Tolle (1948), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729), Alexandra Feodorovna (1872), Ernst Jünger (1895), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), and Paul Heyse (1830). After him are Einhard (770), Michael Ende (1929), Friedrich Schlegel (1772), Wilhelm Grimm (1786), Traudl Junge (1920), and Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170).