Karl May (1842-1912) was born in Germany to a family of poor weavers. Blind for the first six years of his life, he overcame self-doubt and despair to become one of the most successful writers of fiction in history. 70 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 20 languages. Albert Einstein remarked, My whole adolescence stood under May s sign. Albert Schweitzer, What I liked most in May s writings is the courageous stand for peace and mutual understanding which inspires nearly all his books.