Few people know the work of Carl May as well as law professor Klaus Roxin. He advises critics who consider the author racist to read the books properly.
Books, books, books. Of course, what do you expect in the home of an emeritus professor of criminal law? 91-year-old Klaus Roxin lives with his wife on a quiet street in Stockdorf im Würmtal. There is hardly a square foot of wall space in her house that isn’t lined with bookshelves. Legal literature, of course. German literature from the classics to the romantic and modern. But the wall of books in his study is reserved for one author: Carl May. The famous green volumes, first published in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1892 by Friedrich Ernst Fehsenfeld, later after Carl May’s death in 1912, in Carl. May publishing house in Radebul near Dresden, after the war in the Ustad publishing house in Bamberg (from 1960 again Karl May publishing house). The blue, illustrated volumes, the last edition, authorized by Carl May himself. A very rare half-leather edition from Fehsenfeld-Verlag. The pathetic-romantic cover edition by artist and Carl May’s friend Sasha Schneider. All, all, lined up, in near-perfect condition, a veritable antique treasure trove, in Professor Klaus Roxin’s office.