Toronto: Random House of Canada, . First Canadian Edition. Large thick octavo, original brick cloth lettered in gilt on spine panel. 672 pp., Notes, Bibliography, Index. 365 pp. A fine copy in dust jacket, as new. Item #312667
Massive biography of Malcolm Lowry, the British novelist who lived for a time in a squatters shack on the Dollarton mudflats in North Vancouver. Lowry's 1947 novel, Under the Volcano, was a best seller that is still highly acclaimed by serious critics, yet the author remains one of this century's least appreciated British writers. A psychologically troubled man and sometimes violent heavy drinker who seemed to seek life on the edge in order to write about it, Lowry turned his life into brilliant fiction and often fictionalized his life, a process Bowker is sympathetic to and honest about. Lowry reputedly wrote his own epitaph: "Here lies Malcolm Lowry, late of the Bowery, whose prose was flowery, and often glowery. He lived nightly, and drank daily, and died playing the ukulele," but the epitaph does not appear on his gravestone.