Karl May Friends

Karl May, the creator of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand
Real life German explorers, adventurers, and writers of ethnographic novels in the 19th century who had undoubtedly influenced Karl May, as well as provided source literature and imagery, and had actually experienced the 'Wild West' of the early 19th century were:

Prince Maximilian auf Wied-Neuwied (wikipedia) (1782-1867)
Friedrich Armand Strubberg (wikipedia) (1806-1889)
Friedrich Gerstaecker (wikipedia) (1816-1872)
Balduin Moellhausen (wikipedia) (1825-1905)

Karl May (1842-1912) never travelled where his novels were set; he undertook two trips: one to the 'Orient' and one to America after having written the bulk of his adventure and travel fiction novels. Just like Moellhausen, Gerstaeker and Armand in their advanced years, so Karl May wanted to be respected as a poet and a serious dramatist in his later years, but especially after those two journeys.
Note to 'Adventure Novels', eight unique novels written especially for younger readers
Note to 'Travel Fiction Novels', the oevre that makes up the bulk of Karl May's writings
Special Editions and 6x9 inch Hardcovers / Paperback Novels
Where available as English translation by Bugmann, the titles have been added in square brackets [...]; the publishing dates (of the translations) are of the last independently published editions. As of the beginning of May, 2019, all of Bugmann's Karl May translations are copyright Reinhard Marheinecke, and published by the Verlag Reinhard Marheinecke. Hardcovers were available only from the Lulu.com editions; they are now produced by Amazon's POD system KDP, and in paperback format only. All books are 6x9 inch paperbacks.

List of Adventure Novels

(Boys Adventures, so-called 'Jugenderzaehlungen', for Der Gute Kamerad. They are a unique series and thus listed separately).

Karl May's writing career spanned thirty-six years. He wrote around eighty novels during that time, of which only eight are 'Jugenderzaehlungen'. The eight adventure novels were written and published within a ten-year period from 1887 to 1897:

Der Sohn des Baerenjaegers (1887) [The Bear Hunter's Son translated 2013/14]

Der Geist des Llano Estakata (1888), the name of the Llano was later corrected to 'estakado'. [The Phantom of Llano Estacado  2013/14]

Kong-Kheou, das Ehrenwort (1888/89), since 1892 titled Der Blaurote Methusalem

Die Sklavenkaravane (1889/90)

Der Schatz im Silbersee (Anniversary Edition) (1890/91) [The Treasure in Silver-Lake  2011/12]

Das Vermaechtnis des Inka (1891/92) [The Inca's Legacy 2009]

Der Oelprinz (1893/94) [Translated as The Oil Baron  2015]

Der schwarze Mustang (1896/97) [Black Mustang  2010]


Early Work

In his early work, Karl May experimented with several genres until he became comfortable with travel fiction work.

Selected titles of poems, short novellas, adventure stories and full length novels are:

Meine Einstige Grabinschrift (1872)

Die Rose von Ernstthal (1874)

Wanda (1875

Schaetze und Schatzgraeber (1875)

Die Fastnachtsnarren (1875)

Ein Stuecklein vom alten Dessauer (1875)

Inn-Nu-Woh (1875) [for collection Inn-Nu-Woh to Merhameh  (2007/8) 2009].

Old Firehand (1875) [part of Old Shatterhand - Genesis 2010/11 2012].

Das Buch der Liebe (1875/76) educational work

Geographische Predigten (1875/76) educational work [excerpts in Inn-Nu-Woh to Merhameh 2009]

Der beiden Quitzows letzte Fahrten (1876/77) unfinished; conclusion by someone else.

Auf hoher See gefangen (1877/78) also Auf der See gefangen, parts incorporated into Old Surehand II 1895 edition [translated as Captured at Sea 2014].

Winnetou (reworked version of Inn-Nu-Woh) (1878) [translated for Savage To Saint: The Karl May Story 2006 / 2016

Scepter und Hammer (1879/80)

Im fernen Westen (1879/80) heavily revised Old Firehand (1875) elimination of love story with Ellen, and introduction of Harry, later incorporated into Winnetou II [translated for Old Shatterhand - Genesis 2012].

Deadly Dust (1880) (slightly edited and later incorporated into the Winnetou Trilogy).

Die Juweleninsel (1880-82)

An Oil Fire (1882/3) [translated for Old Shatterhand - Genesis 2012].

Im Wilden Westen Nordamerikas (1883) (Winnetou's death heavily augmented later and incorporated into the Winnetou Trilogy).

Der Scout (1888) (revised and later incorporated into the Winnetou Trilogy) [part of  Old Shatterhand - Genesis 2012].

Im Mistake-Canyon (1890) (short story later incorporated into Old Surehand).



Colportage Novels

Das Waldroeschen (1822-84) (a part of it was incorporated into Old Surehand II 1895 edition). [Adapted and abridged as The Rodriganda Romances - Dr Sternau's Odyssey on Three Continents, 2017]; see also [Out Of Vandaemonia - Winnetou & Shatterhand in Australia, 2016, for part of the Old Surehand II 1895 edition segment, adapted for the Australian novel].

Die Liebe des Ulanen (1883-85)

Der verlorene Sohn oder Der Fuerst des Elends (1884-86)

Deutsche Herzen - Deutsche Helden (1885-88)

Der Weg zum Glueck (1886-88)

All five novels were first published as series, anonymously or under pseudonym (which later caused May no end of trouble because of the verbal agreement under which he had written them), and then in book form where they each comprised several full length volumes.


Travel Fiction Novels

Publisher Friedrich Fehsenfeld produced Carl May's Collected Travel Novels, later known as Karl May's Collected Travel Tales, which totalled thirty-three volumes, beetween 1892 and 1910. Most of them had been published earlier, some were newly written for the Fehsenfeld 'green books'. Titles and volume numbers are as follows:

1 Durch Wueste und Harem (1892) since 1895 Durch die Wueste.

2 Durchs wilde Kurdistan (1892)

3 Von Bagdad nach Stambul (1892)

4 In den Schluchten des Balkan (1892)

5 Durch das Land der Skipetaren (1892)

6 Der Schut (1892)

7 Winnetou I (1893) also Winnetou der Rote Gentleman I [*Winnetou I - Winnetou Trilogy Volume One, 2013].

8 Winnetou II (1893) also Winnetou der Rote Gentleman II [*Winnetou II - Winnetou Trilogy Volume Two  2013].

9 Winnetou III (1893) also Winnetou der Rote Gentleman III [*Winnetou III - Winnetou Trilogy Volume Three, 2013].

*Also as multi-volume hard cover The Complete Winnetou Trilogy.

10 Orangen und Datteln (1893) a collection of short stories.

11 Am Stillen Ocean (1894) a collection of short stories.

12 Am Rio de la Plata (1894) [**From the Rio De La Plata To The Cordilleras - Book 1 2009/10].

13 In den Cordilleren (1894) [**From the Rio De La Plata To The Cordilleras - Book 2 2009/10].

**Also as multi-volume hard cover From The Rio De La Plata To The Cordilleras.

14 Old Surehand I (1894) [***Old Surehand - Book 1 2010].

15 Old Surehand II (1895) [see Inn-Nu-Woh To Merhameh, Old Shatterhand - Genesis, as well as Faraway Fables and Out Of Vandaemonia for translations/adaptations of individual stories].

16 Im Lande des Mahdi I (1896)

17 Im Lande des Mahdi II (1896)

18 Im Lande des Mahdi III (1896)

19 Old Surehand III (1897) [***Old Surehand - Book 2 2010].

***Also as multi-volume hard cover Old Surehand.

20 / 21 / 22 Satan und Ischariot I-II-III (1896/7) [translated as The Travels of Winnetou & Shatterhand (Satan & Jsharioth), 2013 / 2014 in one hard cover volume].

23 Auf fremden Pfaden (1897) a collection of short stories.

24 "Weihnacht!" (1897) ["Holy Night!" 2010].

25 Am Jenseits (1899)

26 Im Reiche des silbernen Loewen I (1898) [Chapter 1 & 2, 'Dschafar' & 'Am Makik-Natun', translated and incorporated in 'Savage To Saint: The Karl May Story; 2016', as the text was originally written as the ending to the Winnetou trilogy.]

27 Im Reiche des silbernen Loewen II (1898)


The Author's Late Works

Himelsgedanken (1900) a collection of poems.

28 Im Reiche des silbernen Loewen III (1902)

Erzgebirgische Dorfgeschichten (1903) a collection of short stories.

29 Im Reiche des silbernen Loewen IV (1903)

30 Und Friede auf Erden (1904)

Babel und Bibel (1906) drama for the stage [selections part of the Fable Of Sitara, in Savage To Saint: The Karl May Story, 2016]

31 Ardistan und Dschinnistan I (1909)

32 Ardistan und Dschinnistan II (1909)

33 Winnetou IV (1910) [Winnetou - Book 4, 100th Anniversary Expanded Edition, 2009/2010].

Mein Leben und Streben (1910) autobiography.


Other Works

Freuden und Leiden eines Vielgelesenen (1896) autobiographical/promotional [The Joys And Agonies Of Being Karl May 2008/9].

Ave Maria (1897) musical composition

Drei Menschheitsfragen: Wer sind wir? Woher kommen wir? Wohin gehen wir? (Lawrence, USA, 1908) talk and presentation.

Sitara, das Land der Menschheitsseele (Augsburg, 1909) talk.

Empor ins Reich der Edelmenschen (Vienna, 1912) talk [excerpts of fragmentary notes featured in Savage To Saint: The Karl May Story].

Marienkalendar Stories [Faraway Fables (The Saviour has Risen, Old Cursing Dry, The Blizzard, A Mother's Love), 2014.]

After May's death, fragments of stories and dramas, lyrics, musical compositions, his library catalogue and letters, were among the documents of his estate; they have been published since then.

The above lists, especially concerning short stories, are by no means complete, for a comprehensive overview of all of Karl May's original titles, as published during his lifetime, as available in the Public Domain, please refer to the Karl May Society, (Karl-May-Gesellschaft - www.karl-may-gesellschaft.de).

For a complete listing of all available English Karl May books translated by Marlies Bugmann, please visit link on top of page.

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