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Karl May
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    (February 25, 1842-March 30, 1912)
    Born in Ersntthal, Saxony, Germany
    Known for his Western novels featuring the Apache chief Winnetou and his white blood brother Old Shatterhand
    His career as a teacher ended when he was fired after being accused of stealing his roommate's pocket watch.
    He was jailed twice for theft and fraud.
    He wrote under nine pseudonyms in addition to his own name.
    He did not visit America until 1908 and then never got father west than Buffalo, New York.
    His novels were such favorites of Adolf Hitler that author Klaus Mann described May as the Fuhrer's 'mentor.'
    As a child, he suffered visual impairment and rickets due to a lack of vitamins A and D.
    He performed extensive research for his Westerns.
    A successful series of German movies based on his novels inspired Sergio Leone and others to create the Spaghetti Western.
    Many of his novels express the ideal that all mankind should live together peacefully, so maybe it would have been a good thing if he had been Hitler's mentor.
    Less controversial fans of his Westerns include Herman Hesse, Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer.

Credit: C. Fishel

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