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Malcolm Lowry

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This brilliant and sympathetic account of Malcolm Lowry's chaotic and tragic life tells of the alcoholism that overshadowed his entire adult life, his wanderings through Europe and America, his two tempestuous marriages, and his constant struggle to write. As well as presenting extensive new criticism of Lowry's work, Douglas Day paints a rare and revealing portrait of thi ...more
Paperback, 483 pages
Published September 6th 1984 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 1st 1975)
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James Hartley
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful biography to read if youve got any interest in Lowry, Under the Volcano or writers in general. It has everything and despite some aging - especially in his occassional interpretations of Lowrys actions via psychoanalysis - you cant help but come away with a clear picture of what Lowry was like in person. You can see, hear and feel him.

Lowry is an odd character. First and foremost, of course, is the writing. Everything Lowrys life was about writing; everything was grist to the
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Paul
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lowry readers and fans
Shelves: biography
A meaty, well-written account of Lowry's life by a literary critic who inherited the notes and interviews of Lowry's first would-be biographer, Conrad Knickerbocker, who committed suicide in 1966 before he could write his version. Under the Volcano, one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, was written by a puzzling and erratic alcoholic who did not write anything else of note. Douglas Day shows how many of the elements of Under the Volcano were derived, as well as those of Lowry's other w ...more
Louis Dirigible
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
it's difficult to separate the book from lowry. in terms of the book: i liked it. drifts into psychoanalytical reading more than i think most people reading it today would be willing to believe, gives margerie's memory more primacy that it seems to warrant. that said, she's the only source for a lot of everything (day's book, lowry's books).

in terms of the man: i've never heard of a more inveterate alcoholic. along with nathanael west, one of the unluckiest writers of the last century.
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Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
For some reason I read this book over and over. Engrossing life of England's wandering stream of conscience underdog.
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2017, this book remains the best biography of Lowry, by far.
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