Retracing Fictional Footsteps: A View of the American West through the Eyes of Writer Karl May

Event Details

Date: September 06, 2014

Time: 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Location: Helmerich Center, Susan B. and Robert W. Jackson Seminar Room

Cost: $0.00

Contact: Gilcrease Museum 918-596-2700


Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration

Thomas Thorisch, reference and instruction librarian at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, will explore how Karl May (1842 – 1912), often called the Zane Grey of Germany, was a product of his times. As such May's fictional characters and stories were the products of a particular period in history. More than 200 million copies of his works influenced generations of Germans and other Europeans and their views of the American frontier. Sentimental childhood heroes often change with time. Imagine what it is like when fiction meets reality right here in "Indian Territory."

Free and open to the public.

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