Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911–1968) was an English writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books. The three works were part of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, the completion of which was prevented by his death, and consequently should not be considered 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 and literary nonsense in verse form, short stories for adults and children (Letters from a Lost Uncle), stage and radio plays, and Mr Pye, a relatively tightly-structured novel in which God implicitly mocks the evangelical pretensions and cosy world-view of the eponymous hero.

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Updated January 1, 2024




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Books by Mervyn Peake
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Series by Mervyn Peake

Gormenghast (5 books)

Speculative Fiction Books

(Gormenghast #4 / 4)
2011 | fantasy
(Gormenghast)
1983 | fantasy, collection
(Gormenghast #3 / 4)
1959 | fantasy
1953 | fantasy
(Gormenghast #2 / 4)
1950 | fantasy
(Gormenghast #1 / 4)
1946 | fantasy