traven_links (broken links fixed 3-30-2011)

La Quinta Columna - Columnistas - Personajes by Alfonso Diez - These are the columns written by a man in Mexico City (in Spanish) which talk about the parentage of Adolfo Lopez Mateos, and to some extent of Esperanza Lopez Mateos. The first column mentions a quote from Gabriel Figueroa, Esperanza's cousin (they apparently lived in the same house even as adults), that said she was adopted. I wrote Senor Diez and started a brief conversation. He concluded, after seeing on-line only two of the more than 30 letters and a few of the pictures, that the letters I had from Esperanza were not genuine. He stated that in one of these columns. I cannot blame him for being careful, but he is certainly wrong.

08 Febrero 2008

26 Mayo 2008

10 Junio 2008

11 Julio 2008

Un Quijote en Mexico - Regina Santiago Nunez - Chapter 1

Sra. Nunez is a granddaughter of Gonzalo de Murga, the man she says is Esperanza's father.

here is the book on Amazon - Un Quijote en Mexico

Google Ebook - Gonzalo de Murga - 1906 - A Cartas Vista

Recuerdo de B. Traven - La Jornada - The remembrance of B. Traven by Gabriel Figueroa, in Spanish. This has the only picture on the internet, besides this site (and others who are getting their pictures from this site), of Esperanza. I feel almost certain that Henry took that picture in 1946, during their trip to either Chiapas or San Andres Tuxtla. I have other pictures (i dont have that one) of both Henry and Esperanza in the same place with the same lineup of dead game. They also quote from Judy Stone's book word for word without attribution, although probably inadvertently (from Gabriel Figueroa's lecture notes).

General Traven Links

libcom - Traven

wikipedia B._Traven

German Wikipedia - B. Traven


Marut, Ret: The Early B. Traven - James Goldwasser - new information here not in the books

Pfemfert, Franz aka Und Gaday 1879-1954 - Henry Schnautz was a friend of Franz Pfemfert in Mexico. Franz Pfemfert had also probably been a friend, or at least an acquaintance, of Ret Marut in Germany, and probably could have recognized him if they met on a street in Mexico City. Their biographies were very similar, and they certainly knew many of the same people. See the very good article by James Goldwasser, the Early B. Traven, above, for verification of this. Pfemfert, when he got to Mexico, got in contact with Natalia Trotsky and opened a photo studio. One of his photo subjects was Esperanza Lopez Mateos. Henry Schnautz, a budding photographer and experienced carpenter, was helping build the studio. He sent the photos home to his mother.

Ret Marut - In the Freest State in the World by Ret Marut - the text Marut wrote on going underground in Germany.

Franz Seiwert - artist in Germany - friend or associate of both Ret Marut and Franz Pfemfert - with the famous stylized sketch of Marut and other sketches from Pfemfert's Die Aktion


Who is Bruno Traven? - Life Magazine with interview of Esperanza - March 10, 1947

Time Magazine - Review of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Feb 2, 1948

Letter to the Editor - Time March 15, 1948 - Hal Croves

The Secret of El Gringo - Time Magazine - Aug 16, 1948, the story of Luis Spota unveiling B. Traven. Mostly true or mostly false

End of the Chase - Time- April 11, 1977

B. Traven's Secret has been long known - Judy Stones letter to the editor, NY Times, July 6, 1990

Time - Search Traven


B. Traven - Realist and Prophet - Michael Baumann - Virginia Quarterly Winter 1977

B. Traven: a bibliography Edward N. Treverton Google Books
The Man Nobody Knows - Roy Pateman - Google Books
A Study of B. Traven's fiction: the journey to Solipaz - Richard Eugene Mezo - Google Books
Lake Catemaco - Henry photographed Esperanza in front of a lake in her bathing suit, possibly Lake Catemaco.
Book Court - Bridge in the Jungle
first page in Modern Language Qtrly - Baumann on B. Traven's Language 1975
first page in JSTOR - The Night Visitor Reconsidered - Kenneth Payne
first page in JSTOR Baumann - Guthke feud
first page in JSTOR Guthke - Baumann feud