Synopses & Reviews
Published to mark the 40th anniversary of his death, this comprehensive edition of the poetry of Mervyn Peake includes pieces that touch on some of the most significant historical moments of the 20th century. His celebrated works range from the unemployment epidemic in pre-war Britain to the horrors of the blitz and the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, with each serving to anchor the fantasy world of his celebrated Gormenghast books. Black and white illustrations, drafted by the author, accompany the verse, along with previously unpublished illustrations and photographs.
helps us appreciate an aspect of Peake that lay dispersed in various publications, establishes him as a serious, vigorous poet, and, crucially, provides us with a way to re-evaluate his literary value. For all this, it deserves high praise." Jeff Bursey, Rain Taxi
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About the Author
Mervyn Peake is the author of the Gormenghast novels, which includes Titus Groan, as well as several poetry collections. Robert Maslen is a professor at the University of Glasgow and a visiting professor at Dartmouth College.