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Titus Groan

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Mervyn Peak’s gothic masterpiece, The Gormenghast Trilogy begins with the superlative Titus Groan, a darkly humorous, stunningly complex tale of the first two years in the life of Titus Groan, the heir to the ancient, rambling castle Gormenghast. The trilogy continues with Gormenghast and Titus Alone.

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Overview

Mervyn Peak’s gothic masterpiece, The Gormenghast Trilogy begins with the superlative Titus Groan, a darkly humorous, stunningly complex tale of the first two years in the life of Titus Groan, the heir to the ancient, rambling castle Gormenghast. The trilogy continues with Gormenghast and Titus Alone.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this illustrated Gothic trilogy, a young heir matures within the confines of bleak Gormenghast castle. Volume three includes 12 critical essays and Peake's unfinished Titus Awakes . (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843795407
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 4
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mervyn Laurence Peake (9 July 1911 – 17 November 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.
Peake first made his reputation as a painter and illustrator during the 1930s and 1940s, when he lived in London, and he was commissioned to produce portraits of well-known people. For a short time during World War II he was commissioned by various newspapers to depict war scenes. A collection of his drawings are still in the possession of his family. Although he gained little popular success in his lifetime, his work was highly respected by his peers, and his friends included Dylan Thomas and Graham Greene. His works are now included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Imperial War Museum and The National Archives.
In 2008, The Times named Peake among their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Peake’s grandson is British musician and singer-songwriter Jack Peñate.
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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    For the word lovers

    For me, reading Titus Groan was like eating three portions of chocolate mousse(my favorite dessert) thoroughly enjoyable but best consumed slowly as it is quite rich. I've always found it easiest to describe it as poetry in prose. He uses his words as color the way a painter would apply brush strokes. In many cases you need not read further than a characters name to get a good insight into who that character is. Lord Sepulchrave, Dr. Prunesquallor(the only sensible character), Steerpike, Flay and Swelter come to mind. I have an unusual love for the way words are strewn together and so my appreciation for this book may be skewed slightly. But to all word lovers, Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Wonderful book

    Poetic writing that conjures up a gothic world of bizarre characters. Beautifully complemented by the author's line drawings. Tried it because it is purportedly one of Sting's favorites. Was very glad I did.

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    Posted September 16, 2013

    Zack

    Dam<_>n u mother fuc<_>ker you perv just like ur mom u slu<_>t u pathetic peice of shi<_>t!!

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