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The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy

Peake's books are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience' C. S. Lewis Enter the world of Gormenghast. The vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this Gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, cloisters and corridors as well as the eccentric and wayward subject. Things are changing in the castle and Titus must contend with a kingdom about to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder.

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Peake, Mervyn

▪ English novelist
born July 9, 1911, Kuling, Kiangsi Province, China
died Nov. 17, 1968, Burcot, Oxfordshire, Eng.

      English novelist, poet, painter, playwright, and illustrator, best known for the bizarre Titus Groan trilogy of novels and for his illustrations of his novels and of children's stories.

      Educated in China and in Kent, Peake went to art school and trained as a painter, but he was stricken with a progressive illness that made him increasingly helpless until his death.

      His Titus Groan novels—consisting of Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950), and Titus Alone (1959)—display a gallery of eccentric and freakish characters in an idiosyncratic Gothic setting. Peake's drawings and paintings, particularly his illustrations for the novels and for children's books, are only a little less known, and his poem The Glassblowers (1950) won a literary prize, together with Gormenghast. Peake also wrote a play, The Wit to Woo (performed 1957).

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