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Mervyn Peake: The Man and His Art

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Mervyn Peake was one of the most multi-talented artists of the twentieth century. Best known for his Gormenghast trilogy of novels, one of the most sustained flights of imaginative writing ever attempted, Peake was also an author of children's books and nonsense verse, a painter, war artist and poet. He illustrated such classic works as Treasure Island, Alice's Adventures ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published October 3rd 2006)
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Cecily
What a wonderful, lavishly illustrated, insight into Peake and his works. It has much in common with the 1974 book, "Mervyn Peake: Writings and Drawings" (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) by his widow.

Despite the title, it is almost as much about Peake's words as his life and art, though all seen in relation to his art; as Anthony Burgess said, Peake's novels are "aggressively three dimensional", so it's a good pairing. The book is split into themes, which are roughly chronological, and
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Eric Orchard
Nov 14, 2009 Eric Orchard rated it really liked it
A wonderful exploration of Peake's work in illustration,novels,play writing and poetry as well others interpretations of his work.Very generously illustrated with some amazing war time art I'd never seen before which recalled Kathe Kollewitz for me. His Alice in Wonderland illustrations are a revelation, just beautiful.The one major flaw of this book is it's defensive tone, I felt like the writers were trying to sell Peake to me.
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Jul 31, 2010 Jukka added it
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Mervyn Peake: The Man and His Art - compiled by Sebastian Peake and Alison Eldred

Mervyn Peake is a favorite for me. It's really great to see such a wide collection of his graphic art in one place.

The collection of various biographical texts included here are quite good too. Go take a look.

Note to my book club: This book contains an essay by Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat.
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if you like Peake and you don't have this, buy it for yourself. you know you're worth it.....
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