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VOLCANO: AN INQUIRY INTO THE LIFE OF MALCOLM LOWRY Directed and Written by Donald Brittain with John Kramer

Next to Malcolm Lowry, even such notorious literary flameouts as Scott Fitzgerald and Stephen Crane seem like models of mental health. During his 48 years, Lowry wrote one extraordinary novel, Under the Volcano (1947), and spent nearly every other waking hour looking for ways to destroy himself. His search for oblivion was as successful as it was arduous. Though born to a well-off British family, Lowry was penniless ^nd drunk for most of his adulthood. He did time in jail and in mental wards; he was down and out in Mexico, New York, Hollywood...

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