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February 19, 2013

Malcolm Lowry’s Volcano

malcolm-lowry-under-the-volcano-140x210On this day in 1947 Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano was published. The novel had been a full and difficult decade in the making — including a desperate and ultimately fatal struggle with alcohol that would at one point drive him to drink olive oil in the mistaken belief it was hair tonic — but the critics thought it comparable to Thomas Wolfe, or better than Hemingway, or second only to Joyce.

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