This chapter explores the meaning of the island in Mervyn Peake's work. Islands, generally with a sole human inhabitant, are present in works such as Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor, Rhymes without Reason, and Letters from a Lost Uncle. Literal and metaphorical islands crop up constantly throughout Peake's prose and verse; the associated seascape figures in many of his drawings and illustrations. That every person is an island is a metaphor that Peake lived by, ‘something on which whatever he believed was founded and through which his every concept filtered’.
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