from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Traven, B. Probable original name Berick Traven Torsvan. 1890-1969. American-born writer who is best known for his novel The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1935).


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  • B. Traven is a writer whose name may not spring to everyone's lips, although perhaps the classic John Huston-Humphrey Bogart movie Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) — adapted from Traven's novel of the same name — does.

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  • It was a lean textbook action movie and the cocky yet earnest Jack Traven is one of best action heroes.

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  • OMG Traven, that is like so weird cos like I know this guy who works in the White House too.

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  • I'd mention my own (which sells quite nicely this time of year, as students are writing term papers in Latin American studies classes) if that wasn't tacky, but two of the foreign fiction writers who knew Mexico and wrote better on it than anyone were the U.S. writer Katherine Ann Porter and the U.S. born German (and naturalized Mexican) who used the pseudonym "B. Traven".

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  • Traven wrote a dozen first-rate adventure stories.

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  • Traven created an epic revolving around the birth of the Mexican Revolution known as the "jungle novels."

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  • A mysterious character who guarded his identity to such a profound degree that a considerable legend evolved as a result (perhaps making him even more famous than had he not done so), it is speculated that Traven (the name being almost certainly a pseudonym) was born in Chicago in 1890 and spent his youth in Germany.

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  • In Ballard's short story, Traven visits a beautiful Pacific island that was once the scene of a nuclear test.

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  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre and this guy coming out of the jungle and claiming that he is B Traven's agent - when obviously he was B Traven …

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  • R: Do you identify with the enigmatic character of B Traven?

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