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The Voice of the HeartThe Working of Mervyn Peake's Imagination$
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G. Peter Winnington

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310225

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314391

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(p.263) 12 Theatre
The Voice of the Heart
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the most successful of Peake's plays, The Wit to Woo, which had a brief run at the Arts Theatre in London in the spring of 1957, and discusses how his growing interest in writing for the theatre is evident in his fiction. It considers the problems Peake had to contend with in writing plays, and how the classic play, Volpone, or The Fox (1606) became a major source of inspiration for him.

Keywords:   plays, Wit to Woo, Volpone

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