The acclaimed biography, complete with newly-discovered illustrations by Mervyn Peake. The result of 25 years research into the life and work of Mervyn Peake, this is, moreover, the first biography authorized by the Mervyn Peake Estate. Now in paperback, this fully revised and updated edition also contains a huge range of illustrations and Peake memorabilia that has been unearthed by the family. Vast Alchemies promises to be the definitive work on one of the world's most memorable writers.
This biography of Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) explores the life and extraordinary imagination of one of Britain's most singular writers and artists. In the space of thirty years Peake produced more than two hundred and fifty poems, four novels (including the celebrated 'Titus Groan', 'Gormenghast' and 'Titus Alone'), a novella and numerous short stories; he also wrote ten plays (several of them for radio). He illustrated two dozen books, including such classics as 'The Rime of the Ancient Marimer', 'The Hunting of the Snark', 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', 'Bleak House' and 'Treasure Island', and designed many book jackets; he painted innumerable portraits and other pictures and made thousands of drawings in a wide variety of media. He also taught hundreds of art students.
Peter Winnington follows Peake's life from his birth in China through his student years and a sojourn in an artists' colony on Sark, his marriage and his frustrating years as a soldier when he wished to be a war artist. Yet the 1940s, marked by a traumatic visit to newly liberated Belsen in 1945, were his most productive years. From the middle of the 1950s Parkinson's disease gradually prevented him from working and led to his premature death in 1968.
Pages are in fine condition, cover is in fine condition
Cover corners are a little worn