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The Voice of the Heart – The Working of Mervyn Peake's Imagination - Liverpool Scholarship Online
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The Voice of the Heart: The Working of Mervyn Peake's Imagination

G. Peter Winnington


The works of Mervyn Peake have fascinated readers for sixty years. His Gormenghast sequence of novels stands as one of the great imaginative accomplishments of twentieth-century literature. This book sets Peake's fiction in context with the poetry, plays, and book illustrations that are less well known. The author traces recurrent motifs through Peake's works (islands, animals, and loneliness, for example) and explores in detail Peake's long-neglected play, The Wit to Woo.

Keywords: Gormenghast, poetry, plays, book illustrations, islands, animals, loneliness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310225
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314391


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G. Peter Winnington, author

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