Sursum Corda!: The Collected Letters of Malcolm Lowry, Volume II: 1947-1957


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University of Toronto Press
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6.49 X 2.35 X 9.46 inches | 3.35 pounds
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About the Author

Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) was born in England, and he attended Cambridge University. He spent much of his life traveling and lived in Paris, New York, Mexico, Los Angeles, Canada, and Italy, among other places. He is the author of numerous works, including Ultramarine and Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place.

Sherrill E. Grace is a professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.


'The two volumes will be a monument to what may be the last great age of letter writing ... Sherrill Grace has done an imaginative and exhaustive job of transcribing, editing and annotating these letters ... [Her annotations] underline the richness, exuberance and complexity of Lowry's experience, and why, in spite of the living hell that so often encompassed his life, he could end so many of his letters with the words that Grace has chosen for the overall title of her two volumes: "Sursum Corda" - Lift up Your Hearts!'

- Peter Buitenhuis - The Globe and Mail

'Sursum Corda! shows Malcolm Lowry as a dedicated and painstaking man, as well as a driven one. The letters collected in it are all of a piece with the best of his prose and his verse. They tell of Lowry as a lonely man (perhaps only he knew how lonely), but a man completely confident and at home in his own great gifts. I think they bear comparison with the letters of any other artist of our century.'

- Robert Nye - Scotland on Sunday