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An authoritative biography of the author of Under the Volcano traces Lowry's turbulent life, from his travels around the world and in and out of bars, clinics, and jail, to his final period of literary activity.
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Gordon Bowker taught sociology at Goldsmiths' College London from 1966 to 1991 (for six years teaching courses in biography).From the Inside Flap:
y often doused his talent in alcohol, was haunted by coincidence, worshipped some unsavoury heroes, turned himself inside out so that his gentleness splintered into violence, and, above all, lived forever in fear that he might be found out.
Lowry is hounded--a college friend dies, a manuscript is stolen, a home is burned down, a marriage disintegrates unfathomably--and he always flees. His bewitching letters entrance first one wife, then another; but rarely does stability last. In and out he goes--of bars, of countries, of clinics, of jail--eventually achieving some kind of respite in Dollarton, British Columbia, where he manages to carve out of his curious experience in Mexico his magnificent novel Under the Volcano.
Gordon Bowker's great achievement is to set before us Lowry's epic, frustrating story, its contradictions and comedies intact, without distortion or embellishment: friends, relatives, wives and doctors, archives, letters and tr
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Book Description St Martins Pr, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312127480
Book Description St Martins Pr, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312127480
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0312127480