Readers of the Purple Sage

Karl  Friedrich  May
[1842-1912]

color portrait of German author Karl Friedrich May [1842-1912]         short profile

Winnetou/Shatterhand novels

Winnetou/Shatterhand movies

The Orient Cycle

other works

works about Karl May

family & friends

links

"I want my readers to stop regarding life as a merely material existence. This view is a prison for them,
beyond the walls of which they are unable to see, to behold the sunny, free, wide land. They are prisoners,
but I want to free them." — Karl May

"Not only did Karl May write adventure novels that have stood the tests of time,
his own life evolved in the most adventurous fashion."

          P R O F I L E
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During the years in prison, May began writing. In 1875 his first known story was published. However, not until 1892, when 'Winnetou I' appeared in a book edition, did he achieve success with his writing.

A solo-trip in 1889 took Karl May via the Near Orient and Ceylon all the way to Sumatra, Indonesia. On his return, he met his first wife and a couple of friends, in Egypt to travel there.

Karl May entry at Wikipedia
German-language Karl May Wikisite
Karl May credits [since 1920] at Internet Movie Database

events for the 100th anniversary of the death of Karl Friedrich May [1842-1912] - German-language only


'Winnetou/Shatterhand'  Novels
The list of Karl May's written works is a mass of confusion; he used multiple pen names, and also
the books were re-written and-or re-issued under different titles. (We'll do our best!)
'Winnetou' entry at Wikipedia'Old Shatterhand' entry at Wikipedia

"Old Firehand" [1875]

"Inn-nu-wo, der Indianerhäuptling (Indian Chieftain)" [1875]

"Winnetou" [1878]

"Im Fernen Westen (In The Far West)" [1879], revision of Old Firehand, later revised for Winnetou II

"Deadly Dust" [1880] later revised for Winnetou III

"Die Both Shatters" [1882]

"Ein Oelbrand (An Oil Fire)" [1882/83]

"Im Nordamerika's Wilden Westen (In North America's Wild West)" [1882/83] later revised for Winnetou III

"Unter der Windhose" [1886] later also within Old Surehand II

"Der Scout (The Scout)" [1888/89] later revised for Winnetou II

"Die Helden des Westens (Heroes of The West)" novellas [1890]
"Der Sohn des Bärenjägers (Son of The Bear Hunter)" [1887]
"Der Geist des Llano Estakado (Ghost of The Staked Plains)" [1888]

"Der Schatz im Silbersee (The Treasure At Silver Lake)" (1890/91)
http://www.amazon.com/Der-Schatz-Silbersee-Figurenkonstellation-Reiseerz%C3%A4hlung/dp/3638793540/

"Winnetou I" [1893] temporarily also entitled as Winnetou der Rote Gentleman I

"Winnetou II" [1893] temporarily also entitled as Winnetou der Rote Gentleman II
English translation by Marlies Bugmann [Nov 2006]
http://www.amazon.com/Winnetou-II-1st-out-print/dp/1419635174/

"Winnetou III" [1893] temporarily also entitled as Winnetou der Rote Gentleman III

"Der Oelprinz (The Oil Prince)" [1893/94]

"Old Surehand I" [1894]
English translation by Marlies Bugmann (May 2007)
http://www.amazon.com/Old-Surehand-Vol-Marlies-Bugmann/dp/1419635182/
"Old Surehand II" [1895]
English translation by Marlies Bugmann = Quest (July 2007)
http://www.amazon.com/Old-Surehand-Quest-Karl-May/dp/1419635190/
"Old Surehand III" [1896]

"Der Schwarze Mustang (The Black Mustang)" [1896/97]
English translation by Herbert Windolf and Marlies Bugmann (Dec 4, 2006)
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Mustang-Karl-Herbert-Windolf/dp/1419635166/

"Satan und Ischariot I: The Rock Castle" [1896] by Karl May / Herbert Steiner

"Satan und Ischariot II: Krüger Bei" [1897] by Karl May / Herbert V. Steiner

"Satan und Ischariot III: The Swindler of The Millions" [1897]

"Mutterliebe" [1897/98]

"Weihnacht! (Holy Night!)" [1897]
English translation by Marlies Bugmann (Apr 19, 2009)
http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Night-Karl-out---print/dp/1442103442/

"Winnetou IV" [1910]

"Imaginary Journeys I" [] Karl May / Herbert Windolf
collection of fifteen short stories

"Imaginary Journeys II" [] by Karl May / Herbert Windolf
collection of fifteen short stories

"Imaginary Journeys III" [] by Karl May / Herbert Windolf
collection of seven novellas

Karl May planned a sequel to "Winnetou IV", to be called "Winnetous Testament"; a series of eight volumes
with this title were published in 2000 by Jutta Laroche & Reinhard Marheinecke;
Kindle Editions became available in October 2011.

"Winnetou Anthologie" [2002] pb=/3932053125/ kindle=/B005XVGMG2/


'Winnetou/Shatterhand'  Movies & TV
Karl May credits [since 1920] at Internet Movie Database

Das Beste Original Karl May Filmmelodien on audio CD  "Das Beste aus den Original Karl May Filmmelodien" [1991]
Recorded by Martin Böttcher

Polydor/Universal import CD [8/2007] 16 tracks for $22.15
Polydor/Universal soundtrack CD [12/91] 16 tracks for €6,97 via Amazon.DE
Das Beste Original Karl May Filmmelodien Volume 2 on audio CD  "Das Beste aus den Original Karl May Filmmelodien - Volume 2" [1993]
Recorded by Martin Böttcher

Polydor/Universal import CD [8/2007] 18 tracks for $22.15
Polydor/Universal soundtrack CD [9/93] 18 tracks for €6,97 via Amazon.DE
Winnetou Melodien on audio CD  "Winnetou Melodien" [1999] Recorded by Martin Böttcher
Polydor/Universal import CD [undated] 15 tracks - imported/used
Convoy import CD [undated] 15 tracks - imported/used
Polydor/Universal soundtrack CD [9/99] 15 tracks for €6,97 via Amazon.DE
The Most Beautiful Karl May Filmmelodien 3-DVD set  "Die Schoensten {Most Beautiful) Karl May Filmmelodien" [2003]
Recorded by Martin Böttcher

Polydor/Universal soundtrack CD set [9/2003] 33 tracks on 3 disks - imported/used
Polydor/Universal CD set [9/2003] 33 tracks on 3 disks for €9,99 via Amazon.DE
Karl May Filmmelodien on audio CD or MP3  "Karl May Melodien" [2006] Recorded by Martin Böttcher
Rhino/Warner MP3 album [11/2005] 12 tracks for $6.99
EastWset/Warner soundtrack CD [4/2006] 12 tracks for €8,97 via Amazon.DE


French actor Pierre Brice as Apache chief Winnetou, in front of a waterfall

German 'Winnetou & Shatterhand' Western Movies, 1962-68
Winnetou played by Pierre Brice, Shatterhand played by Lex Barker

"Der Schatz im Silbersee" [Constantin Film Germany Dec 1962] /tt0056452/
"Treasure of Silver Lake" [Columbia Pictures USA Nov 1965]

"Winnetou Part 1" [Constantin Film Germany Dec 1963] /tt0057687/
"Apache Gold" [Columbia Pictures USA May 1965]
with Gojko Miti? in a minor part

"Shatterhand" [Constantin Film Germany April 1964] /tt0057380/
with Gojko Miti? in a minor part
"Shatterhand" [Don Kay / Goldstone USA release June 1968]

"Winnetou Part 2" [Constantin Film Germany Sept 1964] /tt0058751/
with Gojko Miti? in a minor part
"Last of The Renegades" [Columbia Pictures USA release Sept 1966]

"Unter Geiern (Among Vultures)" [Constantin Film Germany Dec 1964] with Elke Sommer
with Gojko Miti? in a minor part
"Frontier Hellcat" [Columbia Pictures USA release Nov 1966] /tt0058709/

"Der Ölprinz (The Oil Prince)" [Constantin Film Germany Aug 1965] /tt0059958/
"Rampage At Apache Wells" [Columbia Pictures USA release Jan 1966]

"Winnetou Part 3" [Constantin Film Germany Oct 1965] /tt0059915/
with Gojko Miti? in a minor part
"The Desperado Trail" [Columbia Pictures USA release 1968]

"Old Surehand Part 1" [Constantin Film Germany Dec 1965] /tt0059538/
not a box-office success, so parts 2 & 3 were not filmed
"Flaming Frontier" [Warner Bros./Seven Arts USA release Feb 1968]
starring Stewart Granger {as Surehand}, Milan Srdoc {as sidekick Old Wabble}, Pierre Brice (as Winnetou}

"Winnetou und das Halbblut Apanatschi" [Constantin Film Germany Aug 1966] with Uschi Glas
"Half-Breed" [Hampton Intl. USA release June 1973] /tt0061197/

"Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand" [Columbia-Bavaria Germany Dec 1966] /tt0061198/
"Thunder At The Border" [Columbia Pictures USA release Nov 1967]

"Winnetou und Shatterhand im Tal der Toten" [Constantin Film Germany Dec 1968] with Karin Dor
"In The Valley of Death" [USA release 1968?] /tt0063818/

Karl May Complete Winnetou Collection on Region 2 DVDs  "Karl May Complete Winnetou Collection: 16 Movies" [2011]
Hannah DVD [8/00] 8 disks for $96.89 for Region 2 only, ships from Germany
contains 16 feature films, all in German language (actually, 11 are Westerns, four feature Kara Ben Nemsi in the Orient, the last takes place in Mexico): "Der Schatz im Silbersee (Treasure At Silverlake)" [1962]; "Winnetou 1 (Apache Gold)" [1963]; "Old Shatterhand" [1964]; "Winnetou 2 (Last of The Renegades)" [1964]; "Unter Geiern (Among Vultures)" [1964]; "Der Ölprinz (Rampage At Apache Wells)" [1965]; "Winnetou 3 (The Desperado Trail)" [1965]; "Old Sure-hand" [1965]; "Winnetou und das Halbblut Apanatschi (Half Breed)" [1966]; "Thunder At The Border" [1966]; "In The Valley of Death" [1968]; adventures in the Orient & Mexico: "Der Schut (The Yellow Devil)" [1964]; "Im Reiche des Silbernen Löwen (Fury At The Sabers or Attack of The Kurds)" [1965]; "Durchs Wilde Kurdistan (The Wild Men of Kurdistan)" [1965]; "Die Pyramide der Sonnengötter (Pyramid of The Sun Gods)" [1965]; and "Der Schatz der Azteken (Treasure of The Aztecs)" [1965]

Ich war Winnetous Schwester (I was Winnetous sister) book by Marie Versini  "Ich war Winnetous Schwester: Bilder und Geschichten Einer Karriere
(I Was Winnetou's Sister: Pictures & Stories of A Career)" [2003]
by Marie Versini

Ms. Versini starred in two Winnetou movies and three Orient Cycle movies made
from Karl May novels

Karl May Verlag German-language 6¾x6½ hardcover [7/2003] import/used
Karl May Verlag 17.2x16.6cm hardcover [7/2003] for €29,90 via Amazon.DE
Marie Versini's entry at Wikipedia Germanycredits [1956-84] at IMDb

Pierre Brice, Winnetou May Not Die documentary from Germany  "Pierre Brice: Winnetou Darf Nicht Sterben (Winnetou May Not Die)"
documentary [indep Dec 2007]

Directed by Oliver Schwehm; featuring Mario Adorf, Christopher Barker, Rik Battaglia, Pierre Brice, Vincent Froehly, Christiane Krüger, Marie-José Nat, Michael Petzel & Marie Versini
credits at IMDb
Koch Media Home Ent. color DVD [2/2009] out of prodn/used PAL format via Amazon.DE


"Winnetou le Mescalero" [France July 1980]
aka "Mein Freund Winnetou (My Friend Winnetou)"
Region 2 Dutch DVD cover for Winnetou le Mescalero TV miniseries  7 color episodes at 52 minutes each; filmed in Mexico; directed by Marcel Camus; teleplays by
Jean-Claude Deret & Jean Gérard; starring Pierre Brice as Winnetou and Siegfried Rauch as Old
Shatterhand; also starring George Segal, Eric Do, Ralf Wolter, Arthur Brauss, Jean-Claude Deret,
Leopoldo Francés, José Antonio Marros, Noé Murayama, Ana Laura Maldonado
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"Die Spur Führt zum Silbersee (Trail To Silver Lake)" [Germany 1989] /tt0332410/
80-minute color film using animation and puppets; adapted & directed by Günter Rätz, based on a novel by Karl May

"Winnetous Rückkehr (The Return of Winnetou)" [Germany Jan 1998] /tt0136683/
German-language TV program in 2 parts, 171 minutes total; directed by Marijan David Vajda;
co-written by & starring Pierre Brice

"Der Schuh des Manitu (The Shoe of The Manitou)" [2001]
a German parody of Western films; directed by Michael Herbig, a film adaptation of the Winnetou sketches
from his Pro Sieben television show
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Schuh_des_Manitu
http://www.amazon.com/Der-Schuh-Manitu-Michael-Herbig/dp/B00005RVNC/ = region 2
http://www.amazon.com/Der-Schuh-Manitu-Michael-Herbig/dp/B00005RVND/
http://www.amazon.com/Der-Schuh-Manitu-Comedy--Buch/dp/3780209004/


During the 1960s & 1970s, the East German film studio D.E.F.A. made Marxist Westerns starring the Yugoslav hunk Gojko Mitic, sometimes billed as
Goiko Mititch or Georg Mitic. The socialist premise was that the heroic Native Americans were being exploited by the capitalist ranchers & cowboys and by
the fascist U.S. Army. Mitic began in small parts in 1963 and progressed to lead actor by 1970; by 2002, he was portraying an older Winnetou
in several TV movies, paired with Old Firehand, Old Surehand, Old Shatterhand, and Old Wabble.

"Karl-May-Spiele: Im Tal des Todes" TV movie [2002] /tt0351166/

"Karl-May-Spiele: Old Surehand" TV movie [2003] /tt0403191/

"Karl-May-Spiele: Unter Geiern - Der Sohn des Bärenjägers" TV movie [2004] /tt0427429/

"Karl-May-Spiele: Winnetou und das Geheimnis der Felsenburg" TV movie [2005] /tt0492468/

"Karl-May-Spiele: Winnetou III" TV movie [2006] /tt0818114/


"Auf den Spuren Winnetous (On The Track of Winnetou)" TV documentary [Germany Kabel-1 Nov 2004] /tt0434779/
Produced & directed by Axel Klawuhn; includes archival footage of Karl May, Lex Barker, Cary Grant & Herbert Lom; also featuring
Pierre Brice, Martin Böttcher, Evo Dycke, Eva Ebner, Götz George, Dragulin Habozin, Dunja Rajter, Bernhard Schmid, Vladimir Tadej,
Marie Versini, Alfred Vohrer, Horst Wendlandt, Matthias Wendlandt, Ralf Wolter

"Halbblut (Halfblood)" [Germany NDR-TV Sept 2010] /tt2205497/
starring Erol Sander as Winnetou and Joshy Peters as Old Shatterhand

"Karl Mays Adventures: The Blood Brothers - The Legend Returns" [2012?] /tt1967691/
Unverified cast & crew may include Ralph Steiger, Martin Semmelrogge, Dan van Husen, Götz Otto,
Marie Versini, Ralf Wolter, Chris Howland, Anna Maria Kaufmann

"Winnetou" [2013?]  
Announced 8/2011: German producer Constantin Film has hired writer Michael Blake (“Dances With Wolves”)
to adapt Karl May's 'Winnetou' series of Western novels as feature films • latest info at IMDb


The  Orient  Cycle
also referred to as "Oriental Odyssey" or "The Oriental Cycle" or "Orient Zyklus"
featuring Kara Ben Nemsi and Hadschi Halef Omar

"Durch die Wüste {Through The Desert)" [book 1895]
"Durchs wilde Kurdistan (Through Wild Kurdistan)" [book 1892]
"Von Bagdad nach Stambul (From Baghdad To Istanbul)"
"Caravan of The Dead"
"Oriental Odyssey V: ??"
"In den Schluchten des Balkan (In the Balkan Gorges)"
maybe "Durch das Land der Skipetaren (Through The Land of Albany)"
"Der Schut (The Schut)"

"Hadschi Halef Omar" [2010 novel] by Jörg Kastner describes the first meeting of Omar with Kara Ben Nemsi

"Die Teufelsanbeter (The Devil's Disciple)" [1920 silent] /tt0011757/
based on Karl May's "Durch die Wüste" []; adapted & directed by Marie Luise Droop; starring
Carl de Vogt as Kara Ben Nemsi and Meinhart Maur as Hadschi Halef Omar, with Bela Lugosi
{this film is considered lost}

"Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses (In The Ruins of Paradise)" [1920 silent] /tt0198318/
Directed by Josef Stein; starring Carl de Vogt & Meinhart Maur, with Bela Lugosi
{this film is considered lost}

"Die Todeskarawane (Caravan of Death)" [1920 silent] /tt0199093/
Directed by Josef Stein; based on the novel by Karl May; starring Carl de Vogt & Meinhart Maur,
with Bela Lugosi; {this film is considered lost}

"Im Lande des Silbernen Löwen" [1927 silent]
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2179091/

"Durch die Wüste {In The Desert)" [Germany Feb 1936] /tt0202859/
Filmed in Germany, Egypt & Libya; directed by J.A. Hübler-Kahla; starring Fred Raupach & Heinz Evelt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ08Lt2jPKg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq18wCiR00k

"Mit Karl May im Orient" [Germany ZDF-TV 1963] /tt0221403/
6-episode half-hour mini-series

"Yellow Devil (1964) Der Schut
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058553/

"Im Reiche des Silbernen Löwen (Fury At The Sabers or Attack of The Kurds)" [1965];
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059308/

"Durchs Wilde Kurdistan (The Wild Men of Kurdistan)" [Germany Sept 1965] /tt0059139/
Co-written & directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb; starring Lex Barker, Ralf Wolter & Marie Versini



Other Works by Karl May

"Buried Secrets (The Hussar's Love)" [] by Karl May and Robert Stermscheg - Kindle eBook
http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Secrets-Hussars-Love-ebook/dp/B007PG2DR0/

"Jack Hildreth On The Nile" [] by Karl Friedrich May and Marion Ames Taggart - Kindle eBook
http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Hildreth-Nile-ebook/dp/B004VBHBH4/

"The Treasure of Nugget Mountain: Jack Hildreth Among The Indians" []

"The Inca's Legacy []
English translation by Marlies Bugmann (April 2009)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Incas-Legacy-Karl-May/dp/1442114169/

"Himmelsgedanken (Thoughts of Heaven): Poems" [] by Karl May / Herbert Windolf
http://www.amazon.com/Himmelsgedanken-Gedichte-Karl-German-Edition/dp/3833425180/

"Inn-Nu-Woh To Merhameh: Short Stories" By Karl May
English translation by Marlies Bugmann (Feb 2009)
http://www.amazon.com/Inn-Nu-Woh-To-Merhameh-out---print/dp/144147918X/

"Along Unfamiliar Trails (Auf Fremden Pfaden): Nine Short Stories of Adventure" [1897] by Karl May / Kince October
"Saiva tyalem", "Die Boer van hat Roer", "Er Raml el Helahk", "Blood Feud", "The Kutb", "The Kys-Kaptchiji", "Mary or Fatima",
"God Will Not Be Mocked (Gott Läßt Sich Nicht Spotten)", "A Blizzard (Ein Blizzard)"

"Sendador I: In Rio de La Plata"
"Sendador II: In The Cordilleras"

"In The Realm of The Silver Lion I"

the novel "Schloß Rodriganda"

"Pacific Shores" [], with Yankee captain Frick Turnerstick & Sir John Raffley


Other  Movies & TV
Karl May credits [since 1920] at Internet Movie Database

"Der Schatz der Azteken (Treasure of The Aztecs)" [UFA Sept 1921] /tt0453843/
Produced, co-written & directed by Karl Heiland; starring Otto Gebühr, Loo Holl, Friedrich Kühne, Theodor Loos

"Der Schatz der Azteken (Mercenaries of The Rio Grande)" [1965] /tt0059682/
based on the novel "Schloß Rodriganda"

"Das Vermächtnis des Inka (Legacy of The Incas)" [Europe 1965, Germany April 1966] /tt0061152/
Co-written & directed by Georg Marischka; starring Guy Madison, Rik Battaglia, Fernando Rey

"Die Pyramide der Sonnengötter (Pyramid of The Sun Gods)" [Germany April 1965] /tt0059621/
Directed by Robert Siodmak; starring Lex Barker, with Jeff Corey {as President Lincoln}

"Präriejäger In Mexiko: Benito Juarez {Prairie Hunter In Mexico)" [Germany 1988] /tt0221496/
Adapted & directed by Hans Knötzsch, based on a novel by Karl May; with Gojko Miti? as Bear Eyes

"Präriejäger In Mexiko: Geierschnabel (Beak of The Vulture)" [Germany 1988] 0221497
Adapted & directed by Hans Knötzsch, based on a novel by Karl May; with Gojko Miti? as Bear Eyes


Works  About  Karl May

Karl May biography, modern cover  "My Life and My Efforts (Mein Leben und Streben)" autobiography [1910]
by Karl Friedrich May

English-language online etext at Karl May Gesellschaft
English-language Kindle Edition from Public Domain Books [2001 edition] for FREE! {sic}
Benediction Classics pb [2011] for $24.98 from third-party POD vendor
Benediction Classics hardcover [2011] for $34.98 from third-party POD vendor
English translation "My Life and My Mission" [2007] by Michael Michalak
Nemsi Books 9x6 pb [8/2007] for $42.11
Karl May: Biographie book by Gerhard Klußmeier & Hainer Plaul  
"Karl May: Biographie In Dokumenten und Bildern - Jubiläums Bildband" [1970]
by Gerhard Klußmeier & Hainer Plaul

Olms Verlag German-language 9½x7¼ pb [1992] out of print import/used
Olms Verlag German-language 23.8x18.5cm hardcover [1992] out of print/used via Amazon.DE
Karl May   "Karl May" biopic [Germany 1974, Sweden TV Dec 1976, USA June 1986]
187-minute docudrama; filmed in Bavaria and Austria; IMDb says 'based on a novel' by Karl May; second of Syberberg's 'German Trilogy'; framed with Karl May's late-in-life struggles to restore his reputation after his criminal past became public knowledge (circa 1900-1912). Co-produced, written & directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg; starring Helmut Käutner, Kristina Söderbaum, Käthe Gold, Attila Hörbiger, William Trenk, Mady Rahl, Lil Dagover, Rudolf Prack & Rainer von Artenfels; won two German Film Awards in Gold
FACETS Region 1 color DVD [6/2009] 2 disks for $53.99
FilmGalerie PAL format color DVD [undated] for $47.69
FilmGalerie color DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for €21,99 via Amazon.DE
full credits at IMDb

Spaghetti Westerns book by Christopher Frayling  "Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys & Europeans From Karl May To Sergio Leone"
[orig 1981; rev 2006] by Christopher Frayling

I.B. Tauris 9¼x7¼ pb [4/2006] out of print/used
Routledge 8½x5¾ pb [2/81] out of print/used
Routledge & Kegan hardcover [2/81] out of print/used
Der Mann, der Old Shatterhand War biography by Christian Heermann  "Der Mann, der Old Shatterhand War (The man Who was Old Shatterhand): Eine Karl May Biographie" [1988]
by Christian Heermann

Verlag der Nation German-language 8x6 hardcover [1988] out of print/used
Karl May  "Karl May" TV miniseries [Germany 1992]
6-part German TV miniseries, filmed in Saxony, Germany; IMDb says 'based on a novel' by Karl May; episode titles: 1. Kindheit 1842-1856; 2. Student und Lehrer bis 1862; 3. Vagabund und Häftling bis 1874; 4. Redakteur bei Münchmeyer bis 1882; 5. Erfolg als Schriftsteller bis 1899; and 6. Reisen und Tod 1900 bis 1912 Co-written & directed by Klaus Überall; starring Henry Hübchen, Florian Knorn, André Wiedner, Petra Kelling, Hans-Jörn Weber, Ulrike Mai, Madeleine Lierck, Günter Junghans, Angelika Böttiger • DVD/Blu-ray not available • partial credits at IMDb
Karl May - Leben, Werk, Wirkung book by Siegfried Augustin & Heinrich Pletcha  
"Karl May: Leben, Werk, Wirkung" [1996]
by Siegfried Augustin & Heinrich Pletcha

Weltbild Verlag Gmbh 21½x14cm hardcover [1999] out of print/used via Amazon.DE
Bertelsmann Illustrated Handbook hardcover [1996] out of print/used via Amazon.DE
Karl May und die Musik book & CD by Hartmut Kühne & Christoph F. Lorenz  "Karl May und die Musik" [1999] by Hartmut Kühne & Christoph F. Lorenz
includes a 70-minute audio CD
Karl May Verlag 7x6¾ hardcover & audio CD [1999] out of print/used
Karl May Verlag 17.7x17.4cm hardcover & audio CD [1999] for €39,90 via Amazon.DE
Karl May and Nikola Tesla murder mystery novel by Jürgen Heinzerling  "Karl May und Der Wettermacher ( .. and The Weather Maker)" [2001 novel]
by Jürgen Heinzerling

Two famous personalities of the XIXth Century – author Karl May and scientist Nikola Tesla – meet and become friends; an uncanny event binds them closer and they set out together to bring a murderer to justice.
Herbig pb [7/2001] out of print/scarce
Herbig pb [7/2001] out of print/scarce via Amazon.DE
Langen-Mueller Verlag hardcover [7/2001] out of print/scarce via Amazon.DE
Karl Mays Fährte / Karl May's Travels book by Reinhard F. Gusky & Willi Olbrich  "Gesammelte Werke, Auf Karl Mays Fährte (Collected Works of Karl May's Travels)" [2001] by Reinhard F. Gusky & Willi Olbrich
Karl May Verlag German-language 7x6¾ hardcover [8/2001] import/used
Karl May Verlag 17.5x17.2cm hardcover [8/2001] out of print/used via Amazon.DE
Karl May biography by Klaus Walther  "Karl May: Eine Sächsische Biografie (A Saxonian Biografie)" [2002]
by Klaus Walther

Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag 19.3x12.6cm pb [2/2002] out of print/used via Amazon.DE
Chemnitzer Verlag 19.4x12.6cm hardcover [3/2012] for €12,80 via Amazon.DE
Winnetou's Blood Brother biography by Christian Heermann  "Winnetous Blutsbruder (Winnetou's Blood Brother): Karl May Biografie" [2002]
by Christian Heermann

Karl May Verlag 7x4½ hardcover [8/2002] import/used
Karl May Verlag 17½x11½cm hardcover [8/2002] for €17,90 via Amazon.DE
Die Taschenuhr des Anderen stageplay by Willi Olbrich  "Die Taschenuhr des Anderen {Pocketwatch of The Others}" [2004?]
by Willi Olbrich

46-minute stageplay in German; rough translation of the plot describes a courtroom scene where Karl May interacts with Fate. • not available on Amazon.com or Amazon.DE; available on iTunes
Traumwelten (Dream Worlds) 1 book by Wolfgang Hermesmeier & Stefan Schmatz  "Traumwelten (Dream Worlds) 1: Bilder zum Werk Karl Mays" [2004]
by Wolfgang Hermesmeier & Stefan Schmatz

Karl May Verlag 6¾x6½ hardcover [2004] out of print/used
Karl May Verlag 17x16½cm hardcover [2004] for €39,90 via Amazon.DE
Karl May Medical Casebook by William E. Thomas  "Karl May: A Medical Casebook" [2006]
by Dr. William E. Thomas
(of Australia)
Nemsi Books 9x6 pb [9/2006] for $42.11
Alles über Karl May book by Rolf-Bernhard Essig & Gudrun Schury  "Alles über Karl May: Ein Sammelsurium von A bis Z (All About Karl May: A Patchwork/Hodgepodge From A to Z)" [2007]
by Rolf-Bernhard Essig & Gudrun Schury

Aufbau Taschenbuch Verlag German-language pb [2/2007] import/used
Aufbau Taschenbuch Verlag German-language pb [2/2007] for €7,95 via Amazon.DE
Traumwelten (Dream Worlds) 2 book by Wolfgang Hermesmeier & Stefan Schmatz  "Traumwelten (Dream Worlds) 2: Bilder zum Werk Karl Mays - Illustratoren und Ihre Arbeiten ab 1913" [2007]
by Wolfgang Hermesmeier & Stefan Schmatz

Karl May Verlag 6¾x6½ hardcover [3/2007] out of print/used
Karl May Verlag 17x16½cm hardcover [3/2007] for €39,90 via Amazon.DE
Karl May As A Teacher book by Michael Krinzeßa  "Karl May als Pädagoge (Karl May As A Teacher)" [2007]
by Michael Krinzeßa

German-language Kindle Edition from Grin Verlag [2007 edition] for €34,99 via Amazon.DE
Grin Verlag German-language 8¼x5¾ pb [4/2008] for $73.90
Grin Verlag German-language 8¼x5¾ pb [10/2007] for $87.90
Grin Verlag 14¾x21cm German-language pb [10/2007] for €44,99 via Amazon.DE
Karl May & His Time biography by Gerhard Klußmeier & Hainer Plaul  "Karl May und Seine Zeit (.. and His Time): Bilder, Dokumente, Texte" [2007]
Illustrated biography by Gerhard Klußmeier & Hainer Plaul

Karl May Verlag 12x8¼ German-language hardcover [12/2007] import/used
Karl May Verlag 30x21cm German-language hardcover [12/2007] for €49,00 via Amazon.DE

"Karl May & The Wild West" documentary [Canada TV 2008] /tt1337646/
http://www.insightfilm.com/karlmay.html

Savage To Saint Karl May biography by Marlies Bugmann  "Savage To Saint: The Karl May Story" [2008]
English-language biography by Marlies Bugmann

BookSurge Publng 8x5½ pb [6/2008] out of print/scarce
Booksurge LLC 20x13¾cm pb [6/2008] out of print/scarce via Amazon.DE
Wer war (Who Was) Karl May? biography by Nina Schindler & Stefanie Roth  "Wer war Karl May? (Who Was Karl May?)" [YA 2008]
by Nina Schindler, Illustrated by Stefanie Roth

Jacoby & Stuart German-language 8¾x6 hardcover [9/2008] import/used
Jacoby & Stuart German-language 22x15.6cm hardcover [9/2008] for €9,95 via Amazon.DE
Traumwelten (Dream Worlds) 3 book by Stefan Schmatz  "Traumwelten (Dream Worlds) 3: Bilder zum Werk Karl Mays - Illustratoren und Ihre Arbeiten seit 1931" [2010]
by Stefan Schmatz

Karl May Verlag 6¾x6½ hardcover [11/2010] out of print/used
Karl May Verlag 17½x16½cm hardcover [11/2010] for €39,90 via Amazon.DE
Karl May Peasant, Impostor, Superman book by Rüdiger Schaper  "Karl May: Untertan, Hochstapler, Übermensch (Peasant, Impostor, Superman)" [2011] by Rüdiger Schaper
Siedler Verlag 8¾x5½ hardcover [10/2011] import/used
Siedler Verlag 22x14.2cm hardcover [11/2010] for €19,99 via Amazon.DE
Sherlock Holmes und Old Shatterhand mystery novel by Klaus-Peter Walter  "Sherlock Holmes und Old Shatterhand" [2011]
by Klaus-Peter Walter

The British detective Sherlock Holmes visits Dresden, Germany and meets fellow Brits George Bernard Shaw, Prof. Henry Higgins, and Eliza Doolitle and American showman 'Buffalo Bill' Cody and German author Karl May in a series of cases.
Blitz Verlag German-language 19.2x13.2cm hardcover [2011] for €15,95 via Amazon.DE
Karl May, The Power of Fantasy biography by Helmut Schmiedt  "Karl May: oder Die Macht der Phantasie (The Power of Fantasy)" [2011]
by Helmut Schmiedt

German-language Kindle Edition from C.H. Beck [10/2011] for €18,99 via Amazon.DE
C.H. Beck Verlag 22x14.6cm hardcover [8/2011] for €22,95 via Amazon.DE
Karl May The Whole Truth biography by Christian Moser  "Karl May: Die Ganze Wahrheit (The Whole Truth)" [2012]
by Christian Moser

Carlsen Verlag 20.8x14.8cm pb [2/2012] for €12,90 via Amazon.DE
Karl May, Ich War Old Shatterhand biography by Dierk Strothmann  "Ich War Old Shatterhand: Leben und Werk Karl Mays, 1842-1912" [2012]
by Dierk Strothmann

not entirely clear whether the book cover is the same item as the Amazon.DE link
Franz Gabriel German-language pb [2/2012] out of print/scarce via Amazon.DE
Karl May and The Christian Faith book by Rainer Buck  "Karl May: Der Winnetou-Autor und der Christliche Glaube (The Winnetou Author and The Christian Faith)" [2012]
by Rainer Buck, Foreword by Jens Böttcher

Brendow & Sohn Verlag German-language 7½x5 hardcover [2/2012] import/used
Brendow & Sohn Verlag 19.2x12.8cm hardcover [2/2012] for €14,95 via Amazon.DE
Karl May: Sein Leben, Sein Werk on two DVDs  "Dokumentation über Karl May: Sein Leben, Sein Werk (His Life, His Work)" [2012]
180 minutes; Babelfish translation suggests a bonus essay or short docufilm "Zum 100. Todestag von Karl May (On The 100th Anniversary of Karl May's Death)" and four short stories, with an audio CD of "excerpts from Karl May's works"
Elisa Film DVD [4/2012] 2 disks for €9,99 PAL format via Amazon.DE
not available in Region 1 format; not listed at IMDb

Lieder, so deutsch music CD by Holger Saarmann & Vivien Zeller  "Lieder, So Deutsch Wie der Wilde Westen (Songs As German As The Wild West)" [2003] by Holger Saarmann & Vivien Zeller
Saarmann is an expert on the influence by the Germans on American music, specifically the 'Pennsylvania Dutch' culture, which occured before America's influence on German music. The album contains two songs written by Karl May: "Vergiss mich nicht" (two versions), and "Ave Maria", and a song by Saarmann about Karl May.
available online at Saarmann's website for €15,00 + s/h


Family & Friends

first wife Emma Pollmer May [] - married August 1880, divorced January 1903

second wife Klara Plöhn May [] - married March 1903, widowed March 1912


L i n k s

Karl May entry at Wikipedia
German-language Karl May Wikisite
Karl May credits [since 1920] at Internet Movie Database
Karl May public domain etexts at Project Gutenberg {2 Dutch, 3 German, 2 English}
http://nnm.ru/blogs/spiridonn/karl-fridrih-may-karl-friedrich-may-dnyu-rozhdeniya-posvyashaetsya/
http://buchwelt.de/allgemein/karl-may-der-100-todestag-des-grossen-abenteuerautors.html
summer-long Karl May Festival [est. 1952] at Bad Segeberg in Germany
publisher Karl May Verlag
Karl May Muesum [est. 1928] in Radebeul, old East Germany
www.Karl-May-Friends.net
http://www.karl-may-gesellschaft.de/
events for the 100th anniversary of the death of Karl Friedrich May [1842-1912] - German-language only
http://www.karl-may-haus.de/
http://www.karl-may-magazin.de/
http://www.karl-may-verlag.de/ in Bamberg, Germany
http://www.karl-may-stiftung.de/
http://www.karl-may-museum.de/
http://blacksun.greyfalcon.us/Karl%20May.htm
http://www.radebeul.de/en/Tourism+_+Culture/The+Town/People/Karl+May.html
http://affiliatesinterest.com/my-comic-strips/karl-may-2/
http://www.karlmayusa.com/
http://karl-may-leipzig.de/
http://www.schlitzohri.org/board/showthread.php?t=1692&page=21
http://www.winnetoufilm.de/


Karl May posing in costume as 'Old Shatterhand' in 1896          formal portrait of Karl May wearing a Tyrolean-style hat, maybe circa 1900          Deutsche Bundespost 1987 80-pfennig postal stamp of Karl May and Winnetou          Karl May posing in costume as adventurer 'Kara Ben Nemsi'          poster for 75th Anniversary [1913-1988] of the Karl May Verlag


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