Bibliography, etc. (for a PDF version please click here)


LOWRY  Biography

Bowker, Gordon/ Pursued by Furies: A Life of Malcolm Lowry/ St. Martin’s Press,1993

Day, Douglas/ Malcolm Lowry: A Biography/ Oxford University Press, 1973


LOWRY  Works

Ultramarine/ (originally published  1933) / reprinted Penguin Books, 1974

Under the Volcano/ (originally published 1947)/ reprinted Harper and Row, 2000

Hear Us O Lord From Heaven They Dwelling Place (originally published 1961)/ M. B. Lowry, editor/ reprinted Capricorn Books, 1969

Selected Poems/Birney  & M.B. Lowry, editors/City Lights Books, 1962

Lunar Caustic/ Birney & M. B. Lowry, editors/ (originally published 1963)/ Jonathan Cape, 1968

Malcolm Lowry’s La Mordida: A scholarly edition / Patrick McCarthy, editor / University of Georgia Press, 1966

Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid / Day & M. B. Lowry , editors/The World Publishing Co., 1968

October Ferry to Gabriola/ M. B. Lowry, editor/ The World Publishing Co., 1970

Malcolm Lowry: Psalms and Songs/ M.B. Lowry, editor/ New American Library, 1975

The Voyage That Never Ends: Fictions, Poems, Fragments, Letters/ Michael Hoffman, editor/ New York Review Books, 2007

The Cinema of Malcolm Lowry: A Scholarly Edition of  Lowry’s “Tender Is the Night”/ Miguel Mota and Paul Tiessen/ University of British Columbia Press, 1990

The Collected Poems of Malcolm Lowry / Kathleen Scherf, editor / University of British Columbia Press, 1992

In Ballast to the White Sea / Malcolm Lowry, Patrick McCarthy and Vik Doyen /University of Ottawa Press, 2014


LOWRY  Letters

Breit, Harvey, and Margerie Bonner Lowry, editors/ Selected Letters of Malcolm Lowry/ J. B. Lippincott, 1965

Grace, Sherrill, editor/ Sursum Corda!: The Collected Letters of Malcolm Lowry, Vol. 2 (1946-57) /  University of Toronto Press, 1996  (Vol. 1 , 1926-1946, Jonathan Cape, London is very difficult to find.)

Sugars, Cynthia, editor/ The Letters of Conrad Aiken and Malcolm Lowry/ ECW Press, 1992

Tiessen, Paul, editor / The Letters of Malcolm Lowry and Gerald Noxon, 1940 -1952 / The University of British Columbia Press, 1988


LOWRY  Memoirs

Bowker, Gordon, editor/ Malcolm Lowry Remembered/ Ariel Books, 1985

Gabriel, Jan/ Inside the Volcano: My life with Malcolm Lowry/ Palgrave Macmillan, 2000

Salloum, Sheryl/ Malcolm Lowry: Vancouver Days/ Harbour Publishing Co., Ltd., 1987


LOWRY  Criticism

Asals, Frederick and Tiessen, Paul, editors/ A Darkness That Murmured /University of Toronto Press, 2000

Bareham, Tony/ Malcolm Lowry/ Macmillan Education, Ltd., 1989

Binns, Ronald / Malcolm Lowry/ Methuen, 1984

Bowker, Gordon /Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano: A Casebook/Macmillan Education, Ltd.,1987

Bradbrook, M. C. / Malcolm Lowry: His Art and Early Life/Cambridge University Press, 1974

Canadian Literature, Spring 1970 / Lowry’s Reading  / University of British Columbia

Cross, Richard K. / Malcolm Lowry: A Preface to his Fiction/ The University of Chicago Press, 1980

Dahlie, Hallvard / Lowry’s Debt to Nordhal Grieg / Canadian Literature #64, Spring 1975 (pg. 41 – 51)

Epstein, Perle / The Private Labyrinth of Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano and the Cabbala/ Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969

Grace, Sherrill / The Voyage that Never Ends: Malcolm Lowry’s Fiction / University of British Columbia Press, 1982

Grace, Sherrill, editor/ Swinging the Maelstrom: New Perspectives on Malcolm Lowry/ McGill University Press, 1992

Grace, Sherrill / Strange Comfort: Essays on the Work of Malcolm Lowry/ Talon Books, 2009

Markson, David / Malcolm Lowry’s Volcano: Myth, Symbol, Meaning/ NY Times Books, 1978

McCarthy, Patrick A./ Forests of Symbols: World, Text and Self in Malcolm Lowry’s Fiction/ University of Georgia Press,1994

Miller, David/  Malcolm Lowry and the Voyage that Never Ends / Enitharmon Press,1976


LOWRY  Related

Mercer, Michael / Goodnight Disgrace/ Talon Books, 1986

Sommerfiled, John / The Imprinted/ Unwin Brothers, Ltd. , 1977

Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (film)/ Donald Brittain/ National Film Board of Canada, 1976

Under the Volcano (film version) / John Huston/  Janus Films, 1984

The Firminist (A Malcolm Lowry Journal): Volume 1, October 2010; The Firminist: Issue 3, October 2012/ University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

Margerie Bonner (Lowry) / The Shapes That Creep / Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1946

Margerie Bonner (Lowry) / The Last Twist of the Knife /Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1946

William Seabrook / Asylum / Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1935

Charles R. Jackson / The Lost Weekend / Vintage Books, 2013

Jack Kerouac / The Sea Is My Brother / Da Capo, 2012


AIKEN  Works

Collected Poems. New York: Oxford University Press, 1953

Selected Poems. New York: Oxford University Press, 1961, 2003

Thee: A poem. New York: George Braziller, 1967

A Seizure of Limericks. New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1964

The Collected Novels of Conrad Aiken. New York: Holt Rinehart, 1964.


(These can be acquired separately)

Blue Voyage, 1927. Recounts a personal experience in which he was traveling by ship to England to find a woman he was in love with, only to run into her on board. Rich Joycean inner monologue.  Recommended.

Great Circle, 1933. Circular form, excellent inner monologue.  Recommended.

King Coffin, 1935. Psychological thriller; would make a good movie. Recommended.

A Heart for the Gods of Mexico, 1939. Aiken’s contribution to the “Mexican” novel, to go along with Lowry’s Volcano; fine writing but not a successful story.

Conversation, 1940. May have been personally important; not a successful story.   


The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken. Cleveland and New York: World, 1960. Includes the much-anthologized, beautiful story about a young boy going insane: “Silent Snow, Secret Snow.”  Highly Recommended collection.

Mr. Arcularis: a Play. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1957. From the short story of the same name.

Ushant: An Essay. New York: Duell, Sloan, 1952. An autobiography.  Highly recommended.

Scepticisms: Notes on Contemporary Poetry, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1919. Examines the work of Edgar Lee Masters, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, John Masefield, among others. Highly recommended.

Selected Letters of Conrad Aiken. Editor, Joseph Killorin, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1978. Killorin was a professor at Armstrong Atlantic University and a very close friend of Aiken in the last years of his life in Savannah.  Excellent selection, with introductions to each section which form a biography in itself.  Highly recommended.

The Letters of Conrad Aiken and Malcolm Lowry. Editor. Cynthia C. Sugars. Toronto: E.C.W. Press, 1992. Here is the map of their intimate fellowship, in letters and in life.  Highly recommended.


AIKEN  Biographies

The Melody of Chaos, a study of Conrad Aiken’s poetry. Houston Peterson. New York: Longmans, 1931. The best biography. He came to know Aiken and undertook to take the reader through Aiken’s work with generosity and sensitivity. As well as a biography of a complex man and poet, it is a literature course in itself. Highly recommended.

Conrad Aiken, Poet of White Horse Vale, Edward Butscher. Athens, Ga: University of Georgia Press, 1988. Detailed, more on “personal” man, perhaps slightly didactic and academic for some tastes.  Only carries his story to Aiken’s maturity. Planned next volume never materialized.

Lorelei Two, My Life with Conrad Aiken. By Clarissa M. Lorenz. Athens, Ga., University of Georgia Press, 1983.




Collier, Graham:  The Day of the Dead/October Ferry/Symphony of Scorpions/Forest Path to the Spring/ BGO Records, 2011

The Bix Beiderbecke Story/ Proper Records, Ltd., 2003

Catherine Delaunay: Sois Patient Car le Loup (Be Patient For the Wolf)/ Les Neuf Filles de Zeus, 2011




19th Hole

The Firminist  (see also LOWRY Related)

Catherine Delaunay’s settings of Lowry’s poetry

Web search for “Malcolm Lowry”

Volcano Hypertext