Friday, 4 May 2012

So We Live Forever Taking Leave

So We Live Forever Taking Leave was Lowry's original title for his short story ‘In Le Havre’ According to Gordon Bowker, Lowry envisaged a series of linked short stories plus a novel, In Ballast to the White Sea, divided into four themes - the the four elements, water, earth, fire and water, projected by Lowry in a letter to Jan Gabrial dated July 1934. (Pursued By Furies Pgs. 181-82)

The titles of the short stories in the proposed collection were as follows: 

1. Bulls of the Resurrection 
3. Zodiac 
4. Metal 
5. Cafe Chagrin 
7. A Goddam Funny Ship 
10. An Economic Conference 
11. In Ballast to the White Sea 

The only surviving copies of the above are 1, 4 (revised title '30th June 1934'), 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

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