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Titus Awakes

Maeve Gilmore, Mervyn Peake

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ISBN 13: 9781468300604
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
paperback
Overlook
03/26/2013

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Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels are widely acknowledged to be classic works of high fantasy, on par with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this series, Peake created the vividly detailed world -- at once gothic and surreal -- of Castle Gormenghast. When Peake died in 1968, he left behind the tantalizing pages and clues for the fourth and concluding book in the series.

Maeve Gilmore, Mervyn Peake's widow, wrote Titus Awakes, based on those pages left behind by Peake. Fans of the Gormenghast novels will relish this continuation of the world Peake created and of the lives of unforgettable characters from the original novels, including the scheming Steerpike, Titus's sister Fuchsia, and the long-serving Dr. Prunesquallor. Published a century after Peake's birth, this strikingly imaginative novel provides a moving coda to Peake's masterwork.


Praise for Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels:

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

"A very, very great work . . . a classic of our age." --Robertson Davies, author of Fifth Business

"A fancy of such freshness, variety, and visionary power . . . Mervyn Peake liberates and elevates as well as charms." --The New York Times


Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) wrote plays, painted, as well as being poet, illustrator, short-story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the Gormenghast novels, Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone.

Maeve Gilmore (1918-1983) was a painter, sculptor, and writer. She married Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast novels, in 1937. She is the author of A World Away, and the editor of Peake's Progress.

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