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