A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
6/10/1935 Treasure of the Sierra Madre discovered in the U.S.
June 10, 1935. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was originally published in Germany, but it arrived in the United States on this date, thanks to the Alfred A Knopf Publishing Company. The author was the mysterious B. Traven, who was probably a German named Ret Marut, but everything about him is in dispute. The novel of gold-hunting in Mexico, arguably a meditation on wealth, greed, and capitalism, was a big success, and was made into a hit movie in 1948, directed by John Huston, and starring Humphrey Bogart.