The mysterious B. Traven (1890-1969) was born in Chicago, spent his youth in Germany as an itinerant actor and revolutionary journalist, became a seaman on tramp steamers, settled in Mexico in the early 1920s, and began recording his experience in novels and stories. In the United States his best-known novel is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
B. Traven is coming to be recognized as one of the narrative
masters of the twentieth century. * The New York Times *
The Jungle Novels constitute one of the richest portraits of revolution in all literature. * University Review *
Great storytellers often arise like Judaic just men to exemplify and rehearse the truth for their generation. B. Traven was such a man. * Book World *
Traven is a riveting storyteller. * The Philadelphia Inquirer *
Readers who ignore the genius of B. Traven do so at their peril. * The New York Times *