Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

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GORMENGHAST byMervyn Peake, The Gormenghast Trilogy

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Mervyn Peake was born in 1911 in Kuling, Central Southern China, where his father was a medical missionary. His education began in China and then continued at Eltham College in South East London, followed by the Croydon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Subsequently he became an artist, married the painter Maeve Gilmore in 1937 and had three children.During the Second World War he established a reputation as a gifted book illustrator for Ride a Cock Horse (1940), The Hunting of the Snark (1941), and The Rime of The Ancient Mariner (1943). Other books include Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland and Grimm's Household Tales (both 1946) and Treasure Island (1949).Titus Groan was published in 1946, followed in 1950 by Gormenghast. Among his other works are Shapes and Sounds (1941), Rhymes Without Reason (1944), Letters from a Lost Uncle (1948) and Mr Pye (1953). Titus Alone was published in 1959. Mervyn Peake died in 1968.
Published January 1, 1973 by PENGUIN BOOKS LTD.
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It is impossible not to identify with the young Titus, 77th Earl of Groan and heir to Gormenghast, struggling against the machinations of Steerpike, the put-upon kitchen boy turned valet, whose rise up the greasy pole of power appears unstoppable.

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Clare writes evocatively of her happy early years on Sark, where she was born, and then in London, and the liberal upbringing she and her brothers enjoyed with two quite different but very affectionate parents.

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His work was almost forgotten — the Gormenghast trilogy went out of print in 1964 — and perhaps would have been altogether but for his wife Maeve’s efforts to keep his reputation alive and earn money for the hospital fees and her own and their three children’s upkeep by selling some of his painti...

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