Malcolm Lowry

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  • Christine Pagnoulle (Université de Liège )

Malcolm Lowry is chiefly remembered today for his novel Under the Volcano, a brooding representation of life in Mexico and existential breakdown which captivates all who read it and speaks powerfully of a world in which all the guiding lights have been put out. Whilst his novel is undoubtedly his masterwork, his other writings are equally captivating and worthy of attention.

Clarence Malcolm Lowry was born on 28 July 1909, the youngest of four sons. His father was a prosperous cotton broker and an austere Methodist. The family was given to all kinds of outdoor activities and Malcolm himself became a good golf player and a very good swimmer. He seems to have been the black sheep of the family, although his own accounts of …

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Pagnoulle, Christine. "Malcolm Lowry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 November 2001; last revised 23 June 2005.
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Articles on Lowry's works

  1. Ultramarine
  2. Under the Volcano