Malcolm Lowry was born in 1909 in Birkenhead, England. By the age of 30, when he had arrived in British Columbia, he had received a B.A. in English from Cambridge University, published a novel and traveled to the United States and Mexico. By this time he had begun work on his major novel Under the Volcano. In 1940 he married Margerie Bonner. For the next fifteen years he resided primarily in Dollarton, North Vancouver and traveled abroad before returning to England. His final home was in Sussex, where he died in 1957. From the time he came to British Columbia until his death, Lowry wrote novels, short stories, radio and film scripts and poetry.
UBC Library has been collecting literary works and archival materials associated with Malcolm Lowry since it acquired Lowry's papers in 1984. This research guide provides information related to the Library's holdings, as well as supplemental information related to Lowry and his works.