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Clarence Malcolm Lowry was born on July 28, 1909 in Cheshire, England. He attended Braeside School, Caldicote School and the Leys School, Cambridge before sailing to the Far East as a deckhand in the summer of 1927. Upon his return in 1929, Lowry settled down to his education, first studying with poet and novelist Conrad Aiken for several months and then entering St. Catherine's College, Cambridge University, England. He graduated in 1932 with a B.A. in English and published his first novel, "Ultramarine," in 1933. In 1934, he married Jan Gabrail in Paris, but was tormented by emotional problems. After spending some time in the psychiatric wing of Bellevue Hospital in New York, he began work on his next book, "Lunar Caustic" in 1935. The next year, he and his wife moved to Mexico where he began writing "Under the Volcano." Over the next 10 years, work on the book continued, despite personal crises that included a divorce and remarriage, moves from Mexico to Los Angeles to Vancouver, and the destruction of his home by fire. "Under the Volcano" was finally published in New York on February 19, 1947 and in London on September 1, 1947. The book has since become a classic, but unfortunately its themes of alcoholism and failure were all too genuine a part of Lowry's life. While he continued to write and to travel, the remainder of his life was plagued by the severe emotional problems brought about by his excessive drinking. Malcolm Lowry died on June 27, 1957 in the English village of Ripe, Sussex. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Under the Volcano… (more)
Under the Volcano 4,265 copies, 85 reviews
Ultramarine 236 copies, 1 review
October Ferry to Gabriola 154 copies, 3 reviews
Lunar Caustic 130 copies, 1 review
Merci infiniment 2 copies, 1 review
Mezcal 1 copy
Poemas 1 copy
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (Contributor) 418 copies, 2 reviews
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology (Contributor) 339 copies, 6 reviews
Great Canadian Short Stories (Contributor) 53 copies
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories (Contributor) 50 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Modern Canadian Short Stories (Contributor) 12 copies, 1 review
Under the Volcano [1984 film] (Original novel) 11 copies
New World Writing 18 (Contributor) 3 copies
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