Malcolm Lowry


Born
in Wallasey, Merseyside, England, The United Kingdom
July 28, 1909

Died
June 26, 1957

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Malcolm Lowry was a British novelist and poet whose masterpiece Under the Volcano is widely hailed as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Born near Liverpool, England, Lowry grew up in a prominent, wealthy family and chafed under the expectations placed upon him by parents and boarding school. He wrote passionately on the themes of exile and despair, and his own wanderlust and erratic lifestyle made him an icon to later generations of writers.

Lowry died in a rented cottage in the village of Ripe, Sussex, where he was living with wife Margerie after having returned to England in the summer of 1955, ill and impoverished. The coroner's verdict was death by misadventure, and the causes of death given as inhalation of stomach c
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Average rating: 3.8 · 21,437 ratings · 1,325 reviews · 47 distinct worksSimilar authors
Under the Volcano

3.80 avg rating — 19,522 ratings — published 1947 — 144 editions
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Lunar Caustic

3.56 avg rating — 267 ratings — published 1963 — 10 editions
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Ultramarine

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3.46 avg rating — 249 ratings — published 1933 — 22 editions
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Dark As The Grave Wherein M...

3.80 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 1968 — 8 editions
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Hear Us O Lord from Heaven ...

3.78 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 1961 — 2 editions
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October Ferry To Gabriola

3.57 avg rating — 100 ratings — published 1971 — 16 editions
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Selected Poems

3.50 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1962 — 2 editions
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Letters Of Malcolm Lowry

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The Voyage That Never Ends:...

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Hear Us O Lord from Heaven ...

3.95 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1979
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More books by Malcolm Lowry…
“How, unless you drink as I do, could you hope to understand the beauty of an old Indian woman playing dominoes with a chicken?”
Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

“the fallen leaves in the forest seemed to make even the ground glow and burn with light”
Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry To Gabriola

“Bad, or good, as it happens to be, that is what it is to exist! . . . It is as though I have been silent and fuddled with sleep all my life. In spite of all, I know now that at least it is better to go always towards the summer, towards those burning seas of light; to sit at night in the forecastle lost in an unfamiliar dream, when the spirit becomes filled with stars, instead of wounds, and good and compassionate and tender. To sail into an unknown spring, or receive one's baptism on storm's promontory, where the solitary albatross heels over in the gale, and at last come to land. To know the earth under one's foot and go, in wild delight, ways where there is water.”
Malcolm Lowry, Ultramarine

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November 2016 New School Classic Poll

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages, 1965
 
  40 votes, 14.8%

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, 352 pages, 1951
 
  35 votes, 12.9%

 
  29 votes, 10.7%

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, 211 pages, 1962
 
  29 votes, 10.7%

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, 192 pages, 1967
 
  28 votes, 10.3%

 
  26 votes, 9.6%

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 706 pgs, 1924
 
  19 votes, 7.0%

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys , 171 pages, 1966
 
  19 votes, 7.0%

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pgs, 1996
 
  18 votes, 6.6%

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, 397 pgs, 1947
 
  15 votes, 5.5%

 
  13 votes, 4.8%

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