Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957), was an English novelist, short story writer, and poet. He is best known for his novel Under the Volcano, which was first published in 1947.
Lowry was educated at The Leys School, near Cambridge England, where he wrote many short stories and articles for the school`s newspaper. However, Lowry rebelled against his conventional bourgeois upbringing, and as a result, he worked as a deck hand for the SS Pyrrhus. In the early 1930s, Lowry returned to England and enrolled at the University of Cambridge. There, at age 24, Lowry wrote his first novel, Ultramarine, based on his experience on his sea voyage. The novel was published in 1933, and reissued in 1963.
After graduating from Cambridge in 1932 with a BA, Lowry moved to Paris where he met and married his first wife, Jan Gabrial. In 1935, Lowry moved to Hollywood, California. Later, he reunited with his wife in 1936, when both settled in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It was there that Lowry began writing Under the Volcano, which would take him more than ten years to complete.
In 1937, Lowry`s wife left him and he returned to Hollywood. There he met his second wife, actress and aspiring writer, Margerie Bonner. The two moved to Dollarton, just outside of Vancouver, BC, in 1940 after Lowry's visa expired. Lowry continued to work on Under the Volcano, which was published in 1947. In 1954, the Lowrys left Canada for Europe, first living in Italy and then in England. Lowry died in Sussex in 1957. Despite his early death, many of his works have been published posthumously, including a collection of short stories titled Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place, Selected Poems of Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola, and the unfinished novel, Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid.
The collection contains photocopied index cards of a bibliography of articles, reviews, etc. about Malcolm Lowry. Items that were not included in William New's bibliography on Lowry were copied. The collection also includes O'Kill's notes to the index cards.
The fonds consists of family papers relevant to the life and work of Malcolm Lowry, collected by Russell Lowry and including early autograph letters of Malcolm, other relevant correspondence with his parents, Arthur and Evelyn Lowry, records relevant to the family and Malcolm's estate, personal memoire of family relationship by Russell Lowry, extensive correspondence of Russell with most scholars, including Gordon Bowker, Muriel Bradbrook, Ann Smith, and Sherrill Grace, who have studied Malcolm's life and work since the early 1970s.
The fonds consists of textual, graphic and audio-visual material from Grace’s academic research on topics including Malcolm Lowry, Sharon Pollock, Tom Thompson, the Canadian North, Canadian art, and Mina Hubbard. This fonds is housed at UBC Archives.
The fonds consists of correspondence between Margerie and Malcolm Lowry and William and Alice McConnell (1957-1983) relating to their mutual interests, as well as clippings and articles about Malcolm Lowry collected by the McConnells.
The collection consists of material relating to Malcolm Lowry. Included are six letters, typed manuscripts pertaining to "Under the Volcano" and "Lunar Caustic", pencil sketches, newspaper clippings of articles about Lowry (1960-1963), photographs of Lowry and his wife, Margerie Bonner and memorabilia.