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Mervyn Peake


(Mervyn Laurence Peake)
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Mervyn Peake's masterpiece, the Gormenghast trilogy, is a gothic fantasy whose strange characters' lives are dominated by the labyrinthine castle of Gormenghast and its ancient rituals. Peake was also a brilliant artist which perhaps accounts for the unique visual intensity of his creation.

Mervyn Peake was born in China in 1911 of medical missionary parents. He began to draw, paint and write stories at an early age. His first book of poems, Shapes and Sounds, was published in 1941. He is probably best known for his Titus novels - Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone - but other well-known poetry collections include: The Glassblowers and The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb. He married Maeve Gilmore in 1937. He was awarded the W.H. Heinemann Foundation Prize by the Royal Society of Literature in 1950. Mervyn Peake died after a long illness in 1968.
 


Genres: Fantasy
 
Series
Gormenghast
   1. Titus Groan (1946)
   2. Gormenghast (1950)
   3. Titus Alone (1959)
   4. Titus Awakes (2011) (with Maeve Gilmore)
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Novels
   Mr Pye (1953)
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Collections
   Ride a Cock-Horse (1940)
   Shapes and Sounds (1941)
   Rhymes Without Reason (poems) (1944)
   The Glassblowers (poems) (1950)
   The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb (poems) (1962)
   Poems and Drawings (poems) (1965)
   A Reverie of Bone (poems) (1967)
   The Inner Landscape (1969) (with Brian Aldiss and J G Ballard)
   Selected Poems (poems) (1972)
   A Book of Nonsense (poems) (1972)
   Writings and Drawings (1974)
   Twelve poems (poems) (1975)
   Peake's Progress (1978) (with Maeve Gilmore)
   Boy in Darkness and Other Stories (2007)
   Collected Poems (poems) (2008)
   Complete Nonsense (poems) (2011) (with Robert Maslen and G Peter Winnington)
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Picture Books show
 
Non fiction show
 
Books containing stories by Mervyn Peake
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The Daymakers (2014)
Selected Stories from Science Fantasy
(Science Fantasy Collection, book 1)
edited by
John Boston and Damien Broderick
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The Weird (2011)
A Compendium of Dark and Strange Stories
edited by
Ann Vandermeer and Jeff VanderMeer
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Knights of Madness (1998)
Further Comic Tales of Fantasy
edited by
Peter Haining

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