Franz Friedrich - Henry Schnautz - Michael Baumann - letters 1992


Amy Seril was Henry's good friend he had known in New York City since the late 1940's. She had told Franz Friedrich, an art dealer in New York, about her old friend Henry Schnautz who had known the "daughter" of B. Traven, the Mexican novelist who wrote "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." Franz wrote Henry in 1992 and asked him, from his personal experience, if he could shed any light on the mystery of B. Traven. Henry replied. Franz forwarded it to a Traven scholar, Michael Baumann, who sent back his commentary. Henry writes a narrative, it reads like an adventure novel. Franz Friedrich and Michael Baumann are mystified. Traven could not possibly be the man in Henry's story, the father of Esperanza.

I am heavily indebted to Franz Friedrich for keeping the letter from Henry these many years, and sending it back to me. Otherwise I would not have it.



Franz Friedrich to Henry Schnautz - Jan 2, 1992
Henry to Franz - the story of Esperanza's life - as he knew it - Jan 20, 1992
Franz to Henry - Jan 27, 1992
Michael Baumann to Franz - Jan 31, 1992
Henry to Franz - Feb 3, 1992
Franz to Henry - Feb 10, 1992
Henry to Amy Seril - Dec 7, 1990


early versions of esp history/biography
1941_8_11 - letter to Marie, first version of Esp childhood
1941_8_20 - Henry to mom - first anniversary of Trotsky death
1941_8_27 - Henry to mom