Picture of Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry; twentieth century British Literature / English Literature
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Malcolm Lowry's Volcano
On 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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