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Portrait of the Artist as an Old Fraud

Mary-Kay Wilmers, 2 April 1981

Life with Lowry 
by Tilly Marshall.
Hutchinson, 260 pp., £7.95, February 1981, 0 09 144090 4
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... I’m not a very nice man, you know,’ L.S. Lowry said of himself. Mrs Marshall, his friend, would not disagree. Although for the last 14 years of his life she and her husband spent some part of almost every day in his company, she now describes him as having been ‘a millstone round our necks’. No blame attaches to her for not subscribing to the old idea that if you are creative you need not be nice, but it’s usual for people to like their friends ...

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