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Mervyn Peake - Author

About the Author

Mervyn Peake was born in 1911. He is perhaps most famous for the 'Gormenghast' trilogy which were published between 1946 and 1959 - Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone. He has also written a book for children, Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor and several volumes of poetry. He was also a gifted book illustrator. He died in 1968.

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Gormenghast

Gormenghast

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

Die Hobbit Presse Gold Edition umfasst alle vier Teile der beruhmten Gormenghast-Saga. Fast 1800 Seiten beinhaltet Mervyn Peakes zeitloses Meisterwerk, das als Vorbild vieler moderner Fantasyautoren wie Tad Williams und Kai Meyer diente. Die Limited Edition ist nur begrenzte Zeit verfugbar. Schloss Gormenghast, ein machtiges, labyrinthisches Gemauer, beherbergt seit jeher das alte Geschlecht der Grafen Groan. Die Zeit vergeht anders hinter den dicken Mauern und die Schlossbewohner pflegen ratselhafte Zeremonien. Auch Titus, der 77. Erbe des Geschlechts Groan, muss sich den Traditionen beugen, doch fur ihn gleicht das Schloss einem Gefangnis. Als die dunklen Kammern und die nicht enden wollenden Gange von unerklarlichen Ereignissen heimgesucht werden, muss er um sein Leben furchten. Kann er dem unheilvollen Gormenghast entkommen? Dieses E-Book enthalt: - Der junge Titus - Im Schloss - Der letzte Lord Groan - Titus erwacht

The Craft of the Lead Pencil

The Craft of the Lead Pencil

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Originally published in 1946, this little treatise on the simple art of pencil drawing is the perfect antidote to the myriad 'how-to' books that fill the bookshelves.

Titus Groan

Titus Groan

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2016

As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.

Letters from a Lost Uncle

Letters from a Lost Uncle

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2012

Lost in the frozen polar wastes, an explorer huddles in his shelter, typing, with frozen fingers, the story of his lonely, extraordinary exploits, preparing to send the story to the nephew he has never seen. With his only companion, the tortoise-like mutant Jackson, the Uncle has gone in search of his ambition and his destiny: the awesome and mysterious White Lion. Illustrated on every page with stunning, beautiful, eerie original drawings, Letters from a Lost Uncle is the product of a unique imagination and a distillation of all that is most powerful in the strange genius of Mervyn Peake. Painstakingly re-originated from Peake's original artwork and typescript, this edition celebrates the centenary of Mervyn Peake's birth in 2011 and is re-issued alongside Peake's illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (Methuen ISBN 978 0413 777140).

Boy In Darkness The Centenary Edition

Boy In Darkness The Centenary Edition

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Complete Nonsense

Complete Nonsense

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2011

'Nonsense', wrote Mervyn Peake, 'can take you by the hand and lead you nowhere. It's magic'. Peake (1911-68) is one of the great English nonsense poets, in the tradition of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. His verses lead the reader into places where cause is cut free of effect and language takes on a giddy life of its own. Malicious bowler hats threaten their owners, a cake is chased across an ocean by a rakish knife, aunts become flatfish or live on sphagnum moss. Fully annotated, with a detailed introduction, Complete Nonsense contains all the poems and illustrations previously published in Peake's Book of Nonsense (1972), with forty unpublished poems discovered in manuscripts and thirty from other uncollected sources, including all the nonsense verses from his novels. It reprints complete - for the first time and in colour - the words and images from Rhymes without Reason (1944), and Peake's comic masterpiece Figures of Speech (1954). All the poems have been newly edited, often from Peake's manuscripts, by Robert Maslen, editor of Peake's Collected Poems (Carcanet), and Peter Winnington, the leading Peake scholar and biographer. Peake wrote of the rare art that 'glitters with the divine lunacy we call nonsense': Complete Nonsense glitters with Peake's benign and wayward imagination.

The Sunday Books

The Sunday Books

Author: Mervyn Peake, Michael Moorcock Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2011

This beautifully illustrated hardback is a unique gift to Peake fans everywhere. Every Sunday on the Isle of Sark, Mervyn Peake would tell his children stories about pirates, shipwrecks and the Wild West. He illustrated his spontaneous stories with delightfully vivid drawings of the characters in his tales, but never set down words to go with them. Now, decades after Peake's death, world-renowned fantasy writer (and friend of the Peakes) Michael Moorcock has written verses to go with Peake's drawings. The result of this star collaboration - by turns funny, surprising and haunting - is accompanied by an illuminating and touching introduction by Moorcock. Duckworth is publishing The Sunday Books to mark the centenary of Peake's birth, which will be commemorated around the world.

Book of Nonsense

Book of Nonsense

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2011

`I can be quite obscure and practically marzipan.' From the macabre to the brilliantly off-beat, Mervyn Peake's nonsense verse can, like marzipan, be enjoyed by young and old alike. This collection of writings and drawings has been selected by his widow, Maeve Gilmore, and it introduces a whole gallery of characters and creatures, such as the Dwarf of Battersea and Footfruit. Quirky and comical, occasionally alarming, but always magical.

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy

Author: Mervyn Peake, China Mieville Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2011

'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.

Titus Alone

Titus Alone

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2010

A doomed lord, an emergent hero, and an array of bizarre creatures haunt the world of the Gormenghast novels, considered to be some of the greatest fantasy classics of all time. At their center is the seventy-seventh earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom. In this third volume, Titus turns against the iron discipline of Gormenghast Castle, abdicating his throne and setting forth on an uncertain quest-for himself. His pilgrimage leads to encounters with mysteriously omnipotent police and a battle to the death with Veil, a fearsome ogre with a body like whips and a face that moves "e;like the shiftings of the gray slime of the pit."e; In his quest for independence from his legacy, Titus successfully captures the universal struggle to "e;come of age."e; This final installment in the Gormenghast trilogy is a fantastic triumph-a conquest awash in imagination, terror, and charm.

Titus Groan

Titus Groan

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2010

A doomed lord, an emergent hero, and an array of bizarre creatures haunt the world of the Gormenghast novels which, along with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, reigns as one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. Peake has created a world where all is like a dream-lush, fantastical, vivid, and yet symbolic of a dark struggle. At the center of everything is the seventy-seventh earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom. When he is crowned, he is called "e;Child-Inheritor of the rivers, of the Tower of Flints and the dark recesses beneath cold stairways...Child-Inheritor of the spring breezes that blow in from the jarl forests and of the autumn misery in petal, scale, and wing."e;

Gormenghast / Im Schloss

Gormenghast / Im Schloss

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2010

Gewalt und Gesetzlosigkeit breiten sich aus wie die Pest in den finsteren Kammern, den babylonischen Gangen, den kahlen, verlassenen Steinhofen, den spinnwebverschleierten Dachboden Gormenghasts. Beunruhigende Ereignisse, unerklarliche Vorkommnisse tragen sich zu, verdichten sich und werden zu einer todlichen Bedrohung fur Titus, den jungen Grafen Groan, Herr uber die geheimnisvollen Provinzen des Schlosses und ihre Bewohner. In einem grauenvollen Finale fallt schlielich die unerwartete Entscheidung. Ein Fantasyroman voll schillernder Figuren und einem labyrinthischen Schauplatz, der skurriler nicht sein konnte. Mervyn Peakes zeitloses Meisterwerk ist das Vorbild fur viele moderne Fantasyautoren. "e;Gormenghast"e; ist von der Hand eines Zauberers geschrieben.

Gormenghast / Der junge Titus

Gormenghast / Der junge Titus

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2010

Gormenghast - das machtige, labyrinthische Schlo, der Stammsitz der Grafen Groan, gehort zwar keiner Zeit an und keinem bestimmten Ort, doch so, wie Mervyn Peake seine phantastische Geschichte erzahlt, bleibt weiter nichts unbestimmt ... Im Gegenteil: jede Szene wird grell ausgeleuchtet, wird geradezu furchterregend nahegeruckt. Bewohnt wird das Schlo von erstaunlichen Figuren mit ausgesprochenen Mittelstandsalluren, die der Autor so dicht heranfuhrt, da man sie beinahe beruhren konnte. Und den fetten Swelter zu beruhren, die massige Lady Gertrude oder den spinnenhaften Mister Flay, das ware in der Tat ein Schock. Ein Fantasyroman voll schillernder Figuren und einem labyrinthischen Schauplatz, der skurriler nicht sein konnte. Mervyn Peakes zeitloses Meisterwerk ist das Vorbild fur viele moderne Fantasyautoren. "e;Gormenghast"e; ist von der Hand eines Zauberers geschrieben.

Collected Poems: Mervyn Peake

Collected Poems: Mervyn Peake

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2008

It is forty years since the death of Mervyn Peake (1911-68), the author of the much-loved Gormenghast novels. To mark the anniversary this first comprehensive edition of Peake's poetry is published. Of the more than 230 poems in the collection, over 80 are printed for the first time. Peake emerges as a compelling poet, with an acute sense of his responsibilities as an artist, passionately engaged with current events, from unemployment in the 1930s to the horrors of the London Blitz and the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. He is also a fine love-poet and a sensitive observer of the human form. Readers who love the world of Peake's novels, and those who are new to his work, will discover here one of the great originals of the twentieth century.

Gormenghast (Adaptation)

Gormenghast (Adaptation)

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2006

This work is adapted from Mervyn Peake's great gothic trilogy, a fantastical world comes to life. In one extraordinary evening of physical theatre you will enter a world of grotesque characters, fantastic ritual and heart-rending drama. It is not for the faint-hearted. David Glass Ensemble revives its award-winning production - one of its greatest hits of the 1990's. Gormenghast opens at the Lighthouse Theatre, Poole in May 2006.

Mr Pye

Mr Pye

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/1999

Equipped with love, Mr Harold Pye lands on the island of Sark, his mission to convert the islanders into a crusading force for the undiluted goodness that he feels within. The extraordinary inhabitants of the island range fromthe formidable Miss George in her purple busby to the wanton, raven-haired Tintagieu, 'five foot three inches of sex'. Mr Pye, however, is prone to excess and in the increasingly personalised struggle between good and evil, excess is very nearly his downfall.

Titus Groan

Titus Groan

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/1998

As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.

Gormenghast

Gormenghast

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/1998

Enter the world of Gormenghast...the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age-old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder. Gormenghast is more than a sequel to Titus Groan - it is an enrichment and deepening of that book.The fertility of incident, character and rich atmosphere combine in a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century's most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.

Titus Alone

Titus Alone

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/1998

In this final part of the trilogy, we follow Titus, now almost twenty, as he escapes from the Castle, flees its oppressive Ritual, and becomes lost in a sandstorm. Helped by the owner of a travelling zoo, Muzzlehatch, and his ex-lover Juno, Titus ends up stranded in a big, bustling city. No one there having heard of Gormenghast, the general consensus is that the boy is deranged, and with no papers, he's soon arrested for vagrancy. But there are a few people who believe in his story, or at least who are intrigued by it, and they try to help him. And now Titus, the deserter, the traitor, longs for his home, and looks for it all the time to prove, if only to himself, that Gormenghast is truly real.

History of Titus Groan, The

History of Titus Groan, The

Author: Mervyn Peake Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Paul Rhys, Miranda Richardson and Carl Prekopp star in this major six-part BBC Radio Classic Serial based on the writings of Mervyn Peake and Maeve Gilmore. The life and times of Titus Groan, 77th Earl of Gormenghast - a vast stronghold of crumbling masonry steeped in immemorial ritual and inhabited by an extraordinary cavalcade of characters including the kitchen boy, Steerpike, who ruthlessly rises to the upper echelons of dynastic power through mischief and murder. Based on the novels written by Mervyn Peake and on the recently discovered concluding volume, 'Titus Alone', written by his widow, the six one-hour episodes chronicle Titus' life from birth, through childhood and adolescence to his decision to renounce his title and embark on an exploration of the alien world beyond the confines of his home. It is a journey in search of identity that eventually takes him to a distant island where he encounters the man who is none other than his creator. The Gormenghast trilogy is both a powerful and unique fantasy and a satirical allegory on the fancies, foibles and phobias of the world around us, and this BBC Radio production brings Peake's extraordinary imagination to vivid life. Featuring a star cast including James Fleet, Tamsin Greig and Olivia Hallinan, it was dramatised for radio by Brian Sibley. The series was produced by Jeremy Mortimer.

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