Leopold Gheri

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Leopold Gheri (born July 1, 1866 in Innsbruck , † December 20, 1952 in Hall in Tirol ) was an Austrian journalist, writer and painter.


Gheri was trained as a painter by Edmund von Wörndle in his hometown . On a hike through Alsace-Lorraine and Belgium, he fell into the hands of agents of the French Foreign Legion . He was stationed in North Africa and then took part in the loss-making battles in French Indochina in 1885/86 . As a painter, draftsman and interpreter, he accompanied several expeditions through North Africa and the Red Sea in the following years.

From 1892 to 1896 Gheri perfected his artistic training in Weimar , Karlsruhe and Venice . Further trips took him to Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Arizona and Greenland. From 1904 he lived in Innsbruck. As the editor in charge of the Innsbruck magazine Der Kunstfreund and of the Gardasee-Post ( 1908-1909), Gheri vigorously advocated Karl May . He wrote adventure stories from distant countries as well as Tyrolean village stories and was also active as a collector of legends.


  • Three years of the Foreign Legion (1914)
  • Primeval Forest Magic and Primeval Forest Horrors (1925)
  • Through Pathless Wilderness (1925)
  • Under the Redskins on the Ohio (posthumously 1957)


  • Siegfried Augustin: Gheri, Leopold , in: Heinrich Pleticha, Siegried Augustin: Lexicon of adventure and travel literature from Africa to Winnetou , Edition Erdmann, Stuttgart, Vienna, Bern 1999, ISBN 3 522 60002 9

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