The New York Times called Malcolm Lowry’s 1947 novel Under the Volcano “One of the towering novels of this century,” and the Modern Library ranked the book number eleven on its list of the one hundred Best English-language novels of the twentieth century. In his Bookmarked entry, critically celebrated author David Ryan shows how this modernist masterpiece has affected his life and creative work.
David Ryan is the author of the story collection Animals in Motion (Roundabout Press). Stories of his have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Esquire, Electric Literature, BOMB, Tin House, Fence, Hayden’s Ferry Review, failbetter.com, Booth, Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Orleans Review, Cimarron Review, several Mississippi Review Prize issues, Nerve, Hobart, and Salt Hill, among others. His fiction has been anthologized in WW Norton’s Flash Fiction Forward, The Mississippi Review: 30, and Boston Noir 2: The Classics. His essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Paris Review, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, Tin House, BookForum, and elsewhere. A recipient of the Elizabeth Yates McGreal Writer in Residence, a Connecticut state arts grant and a Macdowell fellowship, he currently teaches in the writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and in the low residency program at New England College.