Talk:Malcolm Lowry

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is it possible to fix the reference section? It's rather sloppy. There are double links, and another link is not properly typed out.

What do you want to fix? What do you mean by double links? Can you explain? I noticed that when I looked at the edit for references that it just says "reflist", and I don't know why. It was not like that before. What do you mean by double links? Also can you sign your edits?bruvensky (talk) 18:38, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Upbringing and drinking[edit]

We read "Despite his comfortable upbringing, he began drinking at 14." as if to suggest that a comfortable upbringing should stop people drinking at 14. Why?

I think that you are reading too much into it. The point is that on the surface he had a very comfortable, almost idyllic upbringing, yet, incongruously, starting at an early age, troubles were brewing which would consume nearly all of his adult life and make his existence so difficult. And the novel for which he is so famous, Under the Volcano, is a semi-autobiographical work about someone who is just such a person. The sentence you are talking about is a very small point. It is more important to look at the bigger picture. Also can you sign your edits? There are two comments on the talk page, and I don't know if they are by the same person or different persons.bruvensky (talk) 05:17, 30 May 2011 (UTC)


this is a pretty good article but lowry got a third-class degree, not a first. he was fond of claiming a first, and his claims were repeated in early scholarship, including day's biography and birney's poetry collection, which i assume has led to the ongoing confusion.

also, some mention should be made of his love of hot jazz. he began playing and listening as a school boy and the combined influence of the music's rhythm and freedom in discernible in his writing, especially in ultramarine.

finally, why is this article related to canada? the man was born, educated and died in england. he travelled widely and lived in several different countries, most significantly for his fiction, mexico. come on canada, let it go; this is little short of academic kidnap. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:45, 6 December 2011 (UTC) andy — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:48, 6 December 2011 (UTC)


Encyclopædia Britannica, here, has this: "From the age of 9 until a successful operation at 13, Lowry was nearly blind from ulceration of the corneas." This seems quite significant and I think should be added. Martinevans123 (talk) 20:39, 10 January 2014 (UTC)


This article shows two birthplaces for Lowry. Leasowe is not part of New Brighton, or vice versa, they are distinct and separate. New Brighton is usually given as Lowry's birthplace. The claim for Leasowe in this article is uncited. Can anyone provide a citeable reference? If so, mention of New Brighton should be removed.Robocon1 (talk) 10:13, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Hmm, Gale's Contemporary Authors gives Liscard as the birthplace. The plot thickens. The Interior (Talk) 13:48, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
Disagreeing with Gale's Dictionary of Literary Biography, which gives New Brighton. The Interior (Talk) 13:53, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
The book Malcolm Lowry: His Art and Early Life: A Study in Transformation By M. C. Bradbrook (page xi and page 29) says he was born 28 July 1909 at Warren Crest, North Drive, New Brighton, the family then moving in 1911 to Inglewood, Caldy, Wirral. A number of sources seem to support this, however Leasowe seems to have been a local place he knew well from childhood and wrote about. See for example Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature and Washington Post (which reads "On Thursday 29 July, the births column in the Liverpool Echo announced: `LOWRY - July 28th, at Warren Crest, North-drive, New Brighton, to Mr and Mrs Arthur"). The Encyclop. Britannica says only Birkenhead but that is much less detailed and precise, so I'm more presuaded by the former sources. --nonsense ferret 15:48, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

"" replaced New Brighton with Leasowe in July 2013. This was not mentioned in the edit description or justified on this talk page and there's no citation to any source. Leasowe, New Brighton and Liscard aren't interchangeable names for the same area, but they're all close to each other and all part of the town of Wallasey. Birkenhead is the largest town in the area. It seems New Brighton has the edge here, and I think it should be restored.Robocon1 (talk) 10:53, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

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