Publication Date: 1962
Edition: 1st Edition.
Philadelphia. 1962. Lippincott. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 203 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Triangle. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 11389. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ULTRAMARINE, the first novel of one of the most remarkable prose writers of our time, was published in England in the 1930s, when Malcolm Lowry was in his early twenties. It was revised by the author before his death in 1957, and with this edition makes its first appearance in the United States. ULTRAMARINE is the story of Dana Hilliot’s first voyage, as mess boy on the freighter Oedipus Tyrannus, out of Liverpool for Singapore and Bombay. Anxious to win the approval of his shipmates, a rough, derisive lot, and to match their example in the bars and bordellos of the Chinese ports, Dana struggles at the same time to remain faithful to his first love, Janet, back in England. Serio-comic in manner, yet deeply romantic, the novel depicts - often uproariously - the pangs and pratfalls of a boy’s initiation into the company of men. Based on a journal Lowry kept on his own first voyage, at eighteen, to the Far East, ULTRAMARINE is very much a young man’s book – but that of a young man who was unquestionably a born writer. Beneath the ribald humor and colorful language of the seamen’s talk runs Dana’s interior monologue, whose haunting prose prefigures the grand style of Lowry’s later masterpiece UNDER THE VOLCANO. And the themes sounded in this first novel - including the obsession with the sea and the fatal attraction to drink - are those that were to occupy Malcolm Lowry throughout his writing life. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 11389
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