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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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The Voice of the Heart
Liverpool University Press

Mervyn Peake is best known for his novels Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone, also known as the ‘Gormenghast trilogy’. In less than twenty-five years, he produced thousands of drawings and book illustrations, hundreds of paintings, more than two hundred poems, a dozen plays, another novel, a novella, and a handful of short stories. What was the creative process that makes Gormenghast so memorable and facilitated so many works in so many media in so short a time? Although Peake was not given to theorizing, he wrote of what drawing meant for him in the Introduction to a book of his Drawings. This chapter is based on a close reading of that Introduction, illustrated with quotations from his poems and the experiences of his fictional characters.

Keywords:   drawing, poems, novels, fictional characters, Gormenghast

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