Malcolm Lowry: Ultramarine (2662 words)


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Ultramarine was first published in 1933 by Jonathan Cape; modern editions reprint the text of the posthumous edition (J.B. Lippincott, 1962), edited and revised after Lowry’s death by his second wife Margerie Bonner Lowry.

The novel opens as Eugene Dana Hilliot, a young English–Norwegian writer-turned-sailor, casts his mind back six weeks to the start of his voyage, as he signs on board the Nawab as a deck boy. From the outset, Hilliot is set apart from the men of the ship in both thought and deed—he is taunted as an ineffectual dreamer and a “nancy”— and having arrived at the wharf in a car, he is treated with contempt and referred to as a “toff” whose desire to experience the world had put an …

Citation: Large, David. "Ultramarine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 March 2013 [, accessed 06 June 2020.]

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