See his collected letters (2 vol., 1995-97, ed. by S. E. Grace); biographies by G. Woodcock (1971) and G. Bowker (1995); studies by A. Smith, ed. (1978), B. Wood, ed. (1980), R. K. Cross (1983), T. Bareham (1989), P. Thiessen, ed. (1990), S. E. Grace, ed. (1992), and F. Asals and P. Tiessen, ed. (2000).
(born July 28, 1909, Birkhead, Cheshire, Eng.—died June 27, 1957, Ripe, Sussex) British novelist, short-story writer, and poet. In his youth Lowry rebelled against his conventional upbringing and shipped to China as a cabin boy; he later lived in France, the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Italy. His reputation rests on the novel Under the Volcano (1947), about the last desperate day of a dispirited alcoholic and former British consul in Mexico. Its juxtaposition of images of social decay and self-destructiveness was seen as a symbolic vision of Europe on the verge of World War II. Though critically praised, it received popular recognition only after Lowry's death at age 47, probably the result of alcoholism.
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Irish families of the Lowry, Lowery, or Lavery name descend from the O Labhradha, a sept of the province of Ulster anciently. In the later days they are found in County Down near Moira.
Three branches of the name are of record. that of Trin-Lavery (which has also been translated as Armstrong - from trean - meaning strong), that of Roe-Lavery, from rua meaning red, and from Baun-Lavery, from "ban" meaning white.
These Irish families above have remained in the province of Ulster into modern times for they are found in counties Armagh, Antrim, and Down in the 1890 birth index. Laverty was located mainly in Ulster as well at that time.
The "Lowry" surname is also found in Ulster as a result of 17th century settlers arriving there from Scotland. Scottish families are found here under the spelling of Laurie as well. The Earl Belmore family is recorded as arriving from Scotland at the time and settling in County Tyrone, and he was said to be of the Laurie family of Maxwelton.
Lowry is a common surname, and may refer to: