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The American Robert Lowry (1919-1994) was deemed by many as one of the most promising writers of his generation. His first novel, Casualty (1946), was published by James Laughlin's New Directions and was a huge success. Lowry also designed books and covers for Laughlin's firm. His jacket design of Neruda's Residence on Earth in 1946 is somewhat dark and foreboding. In 1952, Lowry was committed into a mental institution and diagnosed as a schizophrenic. He spent the rest of his life in and out of institutions.

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