Photo Gallery: The Life of Armchair Adventurer Karl May

Foto: Karl May Jahr 2012

Germany's Best-Loved Cowboy The Fantastical World of Cult Novelist Karl May

Karl May, who died 100 years ago, was an impostor, a liar and a thief -- and one of Germany's most widely read authors. He embellished his own biography with as much fantasy as the scenarios in his adventure novels, and when the deceit was finally exposed, he never recovered. But his legend lives on.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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