Karl May & the Wild West
From one man’s desire to escape the world emerged a fantasy that captured the imagination of an entire country.
German author Karl May’s best-selling novels of the Wild West captured the imaginations of his countrymen and shaped the way they continue to view the American frontier. Yet, remarkably, Karl May never saw the American frontier. In fact, in a life filled with fantastic irony, May conceived his version of the Wild West while serving time in a German prison for fraud and petty theft.