George Woodcock, 3 July 1980
Show More The Man who was B. Traven by Will Wyatt.
Cape, 326 pp., £8.50, June 1980, 0 224 01720 9Show More
The Government by B. Traven.
Allison and Busby, 231 pp., £6.50, May 1980, 0 85031 356 2Show More
The Cotton-Pickers by B. Traven.
Allison and Busby, 200 pp., £5.50, October 1979, 0 85031 284 1Show More
The White Rose by B. Traven.
Allison and Busby, 209 pp., £6.50, May 1980, 0 85031 369 4Show More
“... I am convinced, after reading his book, The Man who was B. Traven, that the BBC producer Will Wyatt has (with some notable assistance from others) finally solved one of the most tantalising literary mysteries of our age, and has established, as firmly as it ever will be, the identity of the novelist who called himself B. Traven. In the process, he has shown that Traven was perhaps the most multiply pseudonymous man in literary history: at various stages in his life he used no less than 27 aliases, not counting his nom-de-plume and his real name which, as Mr Wyatt persuasively demonstrates, was not Ret Marut – the first name under which he presented himself to public attention – but Hermann Albert Otto Max Fiege, that of a native of the East Prussian village of Schwiebus, now in the Polish province of Poznan ...”