Mervyn Peake Bibliography

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Mervyn Peake was born in China on 9th July 1911, his father being a missionary doctor. On returning to England he went to Eltham College and was considered to be a poor student except for art a subject at which he excelled, later studying at the Royal Academy in London. His first novel, Titus Groan was published with the assistance of Graham Greene who was working as a reader at Eyre at the time and mad suggestions for changes which once done led to its publication. Peake's work is perhaps regarded better today than it was when published as many critics and readers were unable to pigeon hole his style. Following a long illness the author died in 1968.
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The Gormenghast Trilogy

TITLE   DATE  NOTES
Titus Groan Eyre & Spottiswoode 1946 1st issue cloth brighter than 2nd
Gormenghast Eyre & Spottiswoode 1950  
Titus Alone Eyre & Spottiswoode 1959  

Verse

TITLE   DATE  NOTES
Shapes and Sounds Chatto & Windus 1941  
Rhymes Without Reason Eyre & Spottiswoode 1944  
The Glassblowers Eyre & Spottiswoode 1950  
The Rhyme of the Flying bomb Dent 1962  
Poems and Drawings Keepsake Press 1965 150 copies, wraps
A Reverie of Bone Bertram Rota 1967 320 copies, wraps with jacket
A Book of Nonsense Peter Owen 1972  
Selected Poems Faber 1972  
Twelve Poems Bran's Head 1975 Limited to 350 copies, glassine jacket

Other Books

TITLE   DATE  NOTES
Captain Slaughterhouse Drops .. Country Life 1941  
Letters for a Lost Uncle Eyre & Spottiswoode 1941  
Mr Pye Heinemann 1941  

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