In Ballast to the White Sea is Malcolm Lowry's most ambitious work of the mid-1930s. Inspired by his life experience, the vel recounts the story of a Cambridge undergraduate who aspires to be a writer but has come to believe that both his book and, in a sense, his life have already been written. After a fire broke out in Lowry's squatter's shack, all that remained of In Ballast to the White Sea were a few sheets of paper. Only decades after Lowry's death did it become kwn that his first wife, Jan Gabrial, still had a typescript. This scholarly edition presents, for the first time, the once-lost vel. Patrick McCarthy's critical introduction offers insight into Lowry's sense of himself while Chris Ackerley's extensive antations provide important information about Lowry's life and art in an edition that will captivate readers and scholars alike.
Malcolm Lowry was born in 1909 in northwest England, near Liverpool. During the 1930s he lived in London, New York, Mexico, and Los Angeles before moving to British Columbia in 1939. This move marked the start of a startlingly fertile period in Lowry's career as a 20th-century writer. His masterpiece, Under the Volcano (1947), is one of the last great modernist novels. Patrick A. McCarthy is the author or editor of 11 books and monographs, over 50 scholarly articles, and numerous reference articles and reviews. He authored several studies on Lowry, including Forests of Symbols: World, Text, and Self in Malcolm Lowry's Fiction; Malcolm Lowry's La Mordida : A Scholarly Edition; and Under the Volcano in The Literary Encyclopedia. Chris Ackerley is a professor of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His research focus is modernism, and his speciality is annotation, especially of the writings of Malcolm Lowry and Samuel Beckett. Vik Doyen (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) studied at the University of Pennsylvania. He did archival research in the Malcolm Lowry Collection at the University of British Columbia for his doctoral dissertation. Miguel Mota is an associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He has published on numerous 20th-century and contemporary writers and filmmakers, including Malcolm Lowry, Derek Jarman, Jeanette Winterson and Mike Leigh. Paul Tiessen is the founding editor of the Malcolm Lowry Newsletter (1977-1984) and The Malcolm Lowry Review (1984-2002). In addition to scholarly articles and book chapters on the work of Malcolm Lowry, Tiessen wrote the introduction for Malcolm Lowry and Margerie Bonner Lowry's Notes on a Screenplay for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night.