Title: Selected Letters Of Malcolm Lowry
Publication Date: 1965
Edition: 1st Edition.
Philadelphia. 1965. Lippincott. 1st Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 36. 459 pages. December 1965. hardcover. keywords: July 28. inventory # 5357. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Lowry's widow and literary critic Breit have gathered those of Lowry's letters that are of the greatest literary and biographical values: among them to Conrad Aiken, John Davenport, and James Stern. FROM THE FOREWORD To MY MIND, the letters of Malcolm Lowry are remarkable in at least two major ways. They reflect with agonizing completeness the artist at bay, cornered as it were by poverty, the world's indifference, and his apparently savage inclination for alcohol. And they also reflect, to a degree I find unparalleled in any other writer, an awareness, a minute knowledge, of what he was up to in his work. But this plight and this gift may seem familiar enough: writers are invariably hounded by this or that; and they are, of course, highly conscious of what they are doing. With such a notion I cannot agree. Reality breaks off from this obsolescent or classic sense we continue to hold of the fate and wisdom of the artist. Since the Thirties he has rarely been so harassed as Lowry by a lack of money and an absence of opportunity; and most writers are in truth only partly conscious of the meanings in their work. There are too many times, one will see in the letters, when a five-dollar bill was crucial. And the letter to his English publisher is a document, a masterpiece of self-analysis as well as an extraordinary critique of his own masterpiece, Under the Volcano. Born in England in 1909 and dead in England at forty-eight, Lowry spent most of the last seventeen years of his life as a squatter in Dollar-ton, near Vancouver, British Columbia. His struggles for some sort of minimum financial equilibrium are unbearably Herculean; and his lucid grasp of the dark elements and bottomless wells in his work I find unique. The letters, individually and cumulatively, will, I believe, establish for most readers this tragic condition humaine as well as the exhilarating synthesis the author forged from his complex and elusive visions. At the very start of Lowry's Volcano, two men discuss the fate of the hero. Poor your friend, Dr. Vigil says, he spend his money on earth in such continuous tragedies. Though one would be in error to search for a point-to-point correspondence between the created and the creator, the Consul's plight resembles Lowry's. The Consul, sad and great man though he be, is the symbol of man's fall from grace or, to give the screw a turn, his voluntary exile from the Garden of Paradise. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 5357
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