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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
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310225.003.0002

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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