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German author of Wild West fiction dies

March 30th, 1912

https://www.tshaonline.org/images/handbook/entries/Karl May
Image taken at random from the related Handbook of Texas entry, May, Karl

On this day in 1912, Karl May died in Radebeul, Germany. May's fictional character Old Shatterhand spread Christianity and justice across a romanticized American West while fighting "unscrupulous white men and renegade Indians." The novelist's huge following included such disparate readers as Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer, Hermann Hesse, and Adolf Hitler. Over sixty million copies of May's works, in thirty languages, helped form the image of Texas and the Wild West in many European minds.

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