In the Gormenghast series, widely acknowledged to be a classic work of high fantasy on par withTolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mervyn Peake created the vividly detailed worldat once gothic and surrealof Castle Gormenghast. When Peake died in 1968, he left behind the tantalizing pages and clues for the fourth and concluding book in the series.
Maeve Gilmore, Mervyn Peake's widow, wrote Titus Awakesbased on those pages left behind by Peake. Titus Awakes picks up the story of Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, as he wanders through the modern world. Fans of the Gormenghast novels will relish this continuation of the world Peake created and of the lives of unforgettable characters from the original novels, including the scheming Steerpike, Titus's sister Fuchsia, and the long-serving Dr. Prunesquallor. Published a century after Peake's birth, this strikingly imaginative novel provides a moving coda to Peake's masterwork.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was a playwright, painter, poet, illustrator, short story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the celebrated Gormenghast novels, Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone, and the posthumously published Titus Awakes, the lost book of Gormenghast finished by Peake's wife Maeve Gilmore after his death. The Gormenghast novels, as well as Peake's other writingsMr. Pye and Peake's Progress, are all available from The Overlook Press.
Brian Sibley is the author of numerous books on animation and writers.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels:
"A gorgeous, volcanic eruption . . . a work of extraordinary imagination." The New Yorker
"A very, very great work . . . a classic of our age." Robertson Davies, author of Fifth Business
"A fancy of such freshness, variety, and visionary power . . . Mervyn Peake liberates and elevates as well as charms." The New York Times