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Clarence Malcolm Lowry, the fourth son of a Liverpool cotton broker, Arthur Lowry and his wife, Evelyn, was born in 1909 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. His brothers were Stuart, Wilfrid, and Russell. By the age of 30, when he had arrived in British Columbia, Malcolm Lowry had received a B.A. in English from Cambridge University, published a novel and travelled to the United States and Mexico. By this time he had begun work on his major novel, Under the Volcano. In 1940 he married Margerie Bonner. For the next fifteen years, he resided primarily in Dollarton, North Vancouver and travelled abroad before returning to England. His final home was in Sussex, where he died in 1957. From the time he came to British Columbia until his death, Lowry wrote novels, short stories, radio and film scripts, and poetry.