B. Traven Photo

B. Traven

Born: Feb 23, 1882

Death: Mar 26, 1969

Birthplace: Aswiebodzin

Profession: Writer

Nationality: Germany

B. Traven

Date of Birth : Feb 23, 1882
Date of Death : Mar 26, 1969
Birth Place : Aswiebodzin

B. Traven was the pen name of a presumably German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute. One of the few certainties about Traven's life is that he lived for years in Mexico, where the majority of his fiction is also set—including The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was adapted for the Academy Award winning film of the same name in 1948. Virtually every detail of Traven's life has been disputed and hotly debated. There were many hypotheses on the true identity of B. Traven, some of them wildly fantastic. Most agree that Traven was Ret Marut, a German stage actor and anarchist, who supposedly left Europe for Mexico around 1924. There are also reasons to believe that Marut/Traven's real name was Otto Feige and that he was born in Schwiebus in Brandenburg, modern day Swiebodzin in Poland. B. Traven in Mexico is also connected with Berick Traven Torsvan and Hal Croves, both of whom appeared and acted in different periods of the writer's life. Both, however, denied being Traven and claimed that they were his literary agents only, representing him in contacts with his publishers. B.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Bernard Traven
  • Bruno Traven
  • Ret Marut


  • Rosa Luján
Source: Freebase, CC-YY
Copyright © Famous-Peoples.com