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The Gormenghast Trilogy

By Mervyn Peake

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Format: Paperback, 960 pages
Other Information: 20 Illustrations, unspecified
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 1999
Enter the world of Gormenghast. . . Gormanghast is the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age-old ritual, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder -a world suggested in a tour-de-force that ranks as one of this century's most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.

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One of the greatest imaginative feats of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Mervyn Peake was born in 1911. He is perhaps most famous for the 'Gormenghast' trilogy which were published between 1946 and 1959 - Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone. He has also written a book for children, Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor and several volumes of poetry. He was also a gifted book illustrator. He died in 1968.

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"A master of the macabre and a traveller through the deeper and darker chasms of the imagination" * The Times * "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 [The Gormenghast Trilogy] is a very, very great work...a classic of our age" -- Robertson Davies "[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 "The Gormenghast Trilogy is one of the most important works to come out of the age that produced The Four Quartets, The Unquiet Grave, Brideshead Revisited, The Loved One, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four" -- Anthony Burgess * Spectator *

EAN: 9780099288893
ISBN: 0099288893
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Dimensions: 21 x 14.5 x 4 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This book contains the entire trilogy. Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone. A classic must read. Though some may need to have a dictonary handy. The Groans have ruled over Gormenghast for many generations and are ripe for a fall, an escaped and ambitious kitchen hand intends to ensure thier fall. Give it a read and when you are done check out the BBC miniseries adaptation.

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