BORN 25 Feb 1842, Hohenstein-Ermstthal, Sachsen - DIED 30 Mar 1912, Radebeul, Sachsen (near Dresden)|
GRAVE LOCATION Radebeul, Sachsen: Friedhof Radebeul-Ost
Karl May was born in Hohenstein-Ermstthal as the fourth of fifteen children in a family of weavers. He worked as a school teacher, but his other activities even resulted in a prison sentence. After 1874 he became famous thanks to his adventurous tales of the Orient (Kara Ben Nemsi) and the Wild West (Winnetou, Old Shatterhand). Many of his readers considered his stories very realistic, but the press often wrote that his writings couldn't be further from the truth.
When he finally visited the USA himself in later years it was clear that the country was compeletely different from what he had imagined. May kept up appearances and wrote that his visit had brought him great new ideas for future stories.
In 1883 he moved to Dresden where he built his Villa Shatterhand in 1896. Here he lived for the rest of his life. He was buried at the Radebeul Cemetery.
was influenced by Gerstäcker, Friedrich
met Näcke, Paul
was a friend of Schneider, Sascha
admired Ulrich, Pauline
Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973