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Selected Writings and Drawings of Mervyn Peake Peake's Progress

Mervyn Peake and Maeve Gilmore

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-693-5
Trim Size: 6 x 9

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Mervyn Peake (1911–1968) was a prolific and astonishingly original writer and artist who touched at one time or another on almost ever y literar y form. Peake’s Progress is a selection, compiled by his widow, Maeve Gilmore, from ever y period of his work as a writer and draughtsman. It contains a remarkable work from childhood, The White Chief of the Umzimbooboo Kaffirs; the early Mr. Slaughterboard, which foreshadows the Titus books; two plays, The Wit to Woo and Noah’s Ark; a broadcast version of Mr. Pye; and a generous selection of Peake’s short stories, poems, and nonsense verses as well as his drawings. Including a new preface written by Mervyn Peake’s son Sebastian, this edition of Peake’s Progress is published to coincide with the centenary of Peake’s birth.

Praise for Mervyn Peake:

"Gormenghast is grotesque, gory, ghastly, mystical, lyrical, monstrous, mind-bending, and inarticulably beautiful." -- The Scattering Blog

"A gorgeous, volcanic eruption . . . a work of extraordinary imagination." --The New Yorker

"Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly through three novels. It is a very, very great work . . . a classic of our age." --Robertson Davies, author of The Deptford 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

"The true fantasy classic of our time." --The Washington Post

"Peake’s style is marvelous... His inventiveness, his ingenuity, and his humor are astonishing." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Many readers admire Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but fans of Mervyn Peake’s Titus trilogy maintain that this extravagant epic about a labyrinthine castle populated with conniving Dickensian grotesques is the true fantasy classic of our time." --The Washington Post Book World

"Mr. Peake’s first novel hold one with its glittering eye . . . It has a genuine plot in the strictest sense, and it persuades you to read on simply in order to know what will happen . . . Its gallery of characters is wonderful." --The Nation

"A fancy of such freshness, variety and visionary power that in his own modest, special way Mervyn Peake liberates and elevates as well as charms." --The New York Times

"A brilliant work, the product of a unique mind." --The Chicago Daily News

"It is, if you like, a rich wine of fancy chilled by the intellect to just the right temperature. There is really no close relative to it in all our prose literature. It is uniquely brilliant, and we are right to call it a modern classic." --Anthony Burgess

Mervyn Peake (1911–1968) was a playwright, painter, poet, illustrator, short story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the Gormenghast trilogy (Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone).The Overlook Press publishes these alongside the posthumous sequel Titus Awakes and Peake treasuries The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy, Peake’s Progress, and The Sunday Books.

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