The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy: 100 Unseen Illustrations

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Abrams, Jul 17, 2018 - Fiction - 964 pages
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A young heir matures within a bleak, sprawling castle filled with intrigue in this epic gothic trilogy, featuring over 100 illustrations by the author.

Titus is expected to rule this extraordinary kingdom and his eccentric and wayward subjects. But with the arrival of an ambitious kitchen boy, Steerpike, the established order is thrown into disarray. Over the course of these three novels—Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone—Titus must contend with a kingdom about to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation, and murder.

Intoxicating, rich, and unique, The Gormenghast Trilogy is a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century's most remarkable feats of imaginative writing. This special edition, published for the centenary of Mervyn Peake’s birth, is accompanied by over one hundred of Peake's dazzling drawings.

Praise for Mervyn Peake and the Gormenghast Trilogy

“[Peake’s books] are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience.” —C. S. Lewis

“Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly through three novels. It is a very, very great work . . . A classic of our age.” —Robertson Davies

“[A] magnificent ediface spun from thin air by a tortured genius.” —Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture

“This extravagant epic about a labyrinthine castle populated with conniving Dickensian grotesques is the true fantasy classic of our time.” —Washington Post Book World

 

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Contents

PRUNESQUALLORS KNEECAP
MRS SLAGG BY MOONLIGHT
KEDA
ASSEMBLAGE
SIXTYNINE
TITUS IS CHRISTENED
MEANS OF ESCAPE
NEAR AND FAR
DUST AND IVY
ULLAGE OF SUNFLOWER
AT THE PRUNESQUALLORS
A GIFT OF THE
FLAY BRINGS A MESSAGE
REINTRODUCING THE TWINS
KEDA AND RANTEL
INKLINGS OF GLORY
THE GROTTO
THE SUN GOES DOWN AGAIN
AND HORSES TOOK THEM HOME
FIRST REPERCUSSIONS
A ROOF OF REEDS
A CHANGE OF COLOUR
THE DARK BREAKFAST
HERE AND THERE
BLOOD AT MIDNIGHT
THE ROSES WERE STONES
BY GORMENGHAST LAKE
COUNTESS GERTRUDE
MR ROTTCODD AGAIN
TWENTYNINE
THIRTYTHREE
THIRTYFIVE
THIRTYEIGHT
FORTYONE
FORTYFIVE
FORTYEIGHT
FIFTYONE
FIFTYSIX
FIFTYEIGHT
FIFTYNINE
SIXTYFOUR
SIXTYEIGHT
SEVENTY
SEVENTYONE
SEVENTYTHREE
SEVENTYFOUR
SEVENTYSEVEN
SEVENTYNINE
FOUR
ELEVEN
NINETEEN
TWENTYFIVE
EIGHTYONE
EIGHTYSEVEN
NINETYTHREE
ONE HUNDRED
ONE HUNDRED AND
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Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was a playwright, painter, poet, illustrator, short story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the celebrated Gormenghast novels, Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone, and the posthumously published Titus Awakes, the lost book of Gormenghast finished by Peake's wife Maeve Gilmore after his death.

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