Mervyn Peake: The Man and his Art

ISBN: 9780720613216
Artist(s): Mervyn Peake
Author(s): Compiled by Sebastian Peake & Alison Eldred
Format: paperback
Year published: 2007
Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 216
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour

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Shortlisted for the 2007 Locus Art Book Award.

In this highly illustrated book, his son Sebastian Peake has collaborated with Alison Eldred and G. Peter Winnington, author of an highly acclaimed biography of Mervyn Peake, to compile a stunning collection of illustrations, paintings, photographs, letters, notebook pages and other material – much of which has never been published – to produce a unique memoir of the artist’s life and work. Contributors who discuss various aspects of his literary and visual output include the writers Michael Moorcock and Joanne Harris, Langdon Jones, editor of Titus Alone, artists John Howe and Chris Riddell, David Glass and John Constable, creators of the stage version of the Gormenghast trilogy, and Estelle Daniels, producer of the BBC dramatization.

This Mervyn Peake book includes sections on his upbringing as the son of a missionary in China, his development as an illustrator, artist and writer, marriage and fatherhood, his wartime experiences, creation of the Titus trilogy, Mr Pye and other literary works, and his tragic decline as illness overcame him, resulting in early death. It is the most comprehensive of catalogues on Peake and gives further insight into the man who’s centenary exhibition is currently on show at Pallant House Gallery. Fine


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