Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Frontispiece. Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-v

List of Illustrations

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pp. vi-vi

General Editor’s Note

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xiv

In January 1946, Malcolm Lowry wrote a long letter to the English publisher Jonathan Cape to defend his unpublished novel Under the Volcano against numerous criticisms by a reader for the press. Responding to the reader’s note on affinities between Lowry’s manuscript and Charles Jackson’s The Lost Weekend, a 1944 novel and already a successful film, Lowry argued that “it was the Lost Weekend that should have inevitably recalled the Volcano,” for he “began the...

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xlii

Upon Malcolm Lowry’s tragic “death by misadventure” in 1957, some of the obituaries claimed that Lowry (b. 1909) had committed suicide because he no longer felt able to write. To counter such rumours, Lowry’s second wife and widow, Margerie Bonner Lowry, created the myth that the last years of his life had been a particularly creative period. In her correspondence with personal...

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Swinging the Maelstrom

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pp. 1-44

A drunkard pauses outside the City Hospital. What evil fate has brought him here, he asks.
The heat rises up from the pavements, a mighty force: New York groans and roars above, around, below him: white birds flash in the quivering air: a bridge strides over the river like life itself. But in none of these things can he find an answer....

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Textual Notes

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pp. 45-54

This scholarly edition of Lowry’s novella Swinging the Maelstrom is based on TS 15-8 in the Malcolm Lowry Papers at the University of British Columbia Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, a copy typed in December 1951 for Robert Giroux, Lowry’s new editor at Harcourt, Brace. In the early 1940s Lowry had written an entirely new version of this novella, and it was this version that he...

Explanatory Notes

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pp. 55-102

Appendix 1

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pp. 103-182

Textual Notes

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pp. 183-190

Appendix 2

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pp. 191-196

Works Cited

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pp. 197-200

Contributors

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pp. 201-202