B. Traven, or Traven Torsvan, or Hal Croves, or Ret Marut, was born in Chicago on May 3, 1890, or in San Francisco on February 25, 1882, or on this latter date but in Schwiebus, Germany. He was an actor, press officer, coal miner, cotton collector, screenwriter, served as his own literary agent (with a false identity) and, above all else, he was a writer. Some thirty identities and half a dozen nationalities were produced. He was imprisoned in several countries and had to steal so as not to starve himself at certain periods of his life. Today his books have been translated into more than 30 languages and his work has sold millions of copies.
Traven was led on the premise that "The important thing in a conference is the speech and not the speaker." This phrase is one of the most representative emblems of his life. He never gave in to the causes that represented him. He was alw...read more