From the Mersey to the World
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
Malcolm Lowry (1909-57), the influential British author and adventurer best known for his cult classic novel Under the Volcano, described Liverpool as "that terrible city whose main street is the ocean." Lowry was born on the Wirral side of the river Mersey, and his relationship to the Merseyside of his youth informs all of his writing, while Liverpool itself continued to hold tremendous significance for him--even though he never returned.
Published to conicide with Lowry's centenary, Malcolm Lowry showcases a variety of creative and critical approaches to Lowry and his work. Contributions from international scholars, creative writers, and visual artists--including Lowry's biographer, Gordon Bowker; poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan; and author Michael Turner--reveal Lowry's global presence and adventurous spirit, while contributors from the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, and Mexico reflect both on Lowry's "voyage that never ends" and on their own journeys. Accompanying full-color illustrations demonstrate Lowry's influence on contemporary visual artists. Malcolm Lowry will be an indispensable companion for anyone interested in the legacy of this remarkably cosmopolitan creative icon.