The B. Traven Identity

The B. Traven Identity

Much about B. Traven's identity remains a mystery. He used dozens of aliases. He died in Mexico City, calling himself Traven Torsvan Croves, on March 26, 1969.

Traven faces

Many faces of B. Traven, taken from the cover of The Secret of the Sierra Madre, by Will Wyatt, 1980

Here is a sampling of scholarly works on the writings and identity of B. Traven from our collection.

Recknagel: B. Traven

Rolf Recknagel of Leipzig in East Germany was the first to make a scholarly attempt to discover the identity of the writer B. Traven. All subsequent researchers have stood on his shoulders.

Recknagel, Rolf. B. Traven: Beiträge zur Biographie. Leipzig: Philipp Reclam, 1971.

Baumann: B. Traven, 1976



Baumann, Michael L. B. Traven: An Introduction. Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico Press, 1976.

Stone: The Mystery of B. Traven, 1977



Stone, Judy. The Mystery of B. Traven Los Altos, Calif.: W. Kaufmann, 1977.

Raskin: My Search for B. Traven, 1980



Raskin, Jonah. My Search for B. Traven. New York: Methuen, 1980.

Wyatt: Man Who Was B. Traven, 1980 



Wyatt, Will. The Man Who Was B. Traven. London: Jonathan Cape, 1980.

Wyatt: Secret of the Sierra Madre, 1980



Wyatt, Will. The Secret of the Sierra Madre: The Man Who Was B. Traven. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1980.

Guthke: Das Geheimnis um B. Traven entdeckt, 1984



Guthke, Karl S. “Das Geheimnis um B. Traven entdeckt” ... und rätselvoller denn je. Frankfurt am Main: Büchergilde Gutenberg, 1984.


Guthke: B. Traven, 1987



Guthke, Karl S. B. Traven: Biographie eines Rätsels. Frankfurt am Main: Büchergilde Gutenberg, 1987.

B. Traven the Writer, 2003 

UCR's Traven collection is appreciated by researchers from around the world. This volume of conference proceedings references the collection at least 15 different times.


B. Traven the Writer. Der Schriftsteller B. Traven. Edited by Jörg Thunecke. Nottingham: Edition Refugium, 2003.

Pateman: The Man Nobody Knows, 2005



Pateman, Roy. The Man Nobody Knows: The Life and Legacy of B. Traven. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2005.


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