Mervyn Peake





Mervyn Peake


Born
in Kuling, Jiangxi, China
July 09, 1911

Died
November 17, 1968

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Mervyn Laurence Peake was an English modernist writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books, though the Titus books would be more accurate: the three works that exist were the beginning of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, following his protagonist Titus Groan from cradle to grave, but Peake's untimely death prevented completion of the cycle, which is now commonly but erroneously referred to as a trilogy. They are sometimes compared to the work of his older contemporary J.R.R. Tolkien, but his surreal fiction was influenced by his early love for Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson rather than Tolkien's studies of mythology and philology.

Peake also wrote poetry
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Average rating: 3.90 · 31,730 ratings · 2,064 reviews · 39 distinct works · Similar authors
Titus Groan (Gormenghast, #1)

3.89 avg rating — 10,158 ratings — published 1946 — 75 editions
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Gormenghast (Gormenghast, #2)

3.98 avg rating — 8,608 ratings — published 1950 — 63 editions
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The Gormenghast Novels (Gor...

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3.97 avg rating — 6,503 ratings — published 1973 — 24 editions
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Titus Alone (Gormenghast, #3)

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3.44 avg rating — 3,026 ratings — published 1959 — 59 editions
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Mr Pye

3.70 avg rating — 531 ratings — published 1953 — 10 editions
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Boy in Darkness and Other S...

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4.09 avg rating — 212 ratings — published 1956 — 3 editions
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Captain Slaughterboard Drop...

4.04 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1939 — 5 editions
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Letters from a Lost Uncle

4.03 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 1948 — 6 editions
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Peake's Progress: Selected ...

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A Book of Nonsense

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“Lingering is so very lonely when one lingers all alone.”
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

“And now, my poor old woman, why are you crying so bitterly? It is autumn. The leaves are falling from the trees like burning tears- the wind howls. Why must you mimic them?”
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

“We are all imprisoned by the dictionary. We choose out of that vast, paper-walled prison our convicts, the little black printed words, when in truth we need fresh sounds to utter, new enfranchised noises which would produce a new effect.”
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

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