The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy

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Country: UK Born: 1911-07-09 Died: 1968-11-18 Biography: Mervyn Coreno Peak ( Lawrence ) - English writer, poet, playwright and painter, one of the leading masters of modern fantasy. Born in Kulin (China), where his father worked as a doctor. But the reader, intrigued by this fact, will be disappointed, as soon as he begins to look for wise contemplation, ascetic simplicity of the syllable, scanty, but capacious images in Pieck`s work - in a word, that which is inherent in everything written in ink. Peak, on the contrary, loved bizarre and picturesque imagery, and simply reveled in his eloquence with a touch of archaism. The writer could not perceive China as an orientalist, because he spent his childhood there, and the doctor`s son during a religious mission would hardly have shown an interest in Du Fu or Li Bo. He had seen enough of natural disasters and exotic oriental diseases. It should be added that Christian missionaries were not liked in Asia. Back at the end of the 19...

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Country: UK Born: 1911-07-09 Died: 1968-11-18 Biography: Mervyn Coreno Peak ( Lawrence ) - English writer, poet, playwright and painter, one of the leading masters of modern fantasy. Born in Kulin (China), where his father worked as a doctor. But the reader, intrigued by this fact, will be disappointed, as soon as he begins to look for wise contemplation, ascetic simplicity of the syllable, scanty, but capacious images in Pieck`s work - in a word, that which is inherent in everything written in ink. Peak, on the contrary, loved bizarre and picturesque imagery, and simply reveled in his eloquence with a touch of archaism. The writer could not perceive China as an orientalist, because he spent his childhood there, and the doctor`s son during a religious mission would hardly have shown an interest in Du Fu or Li Bo. He had seen enough of natural disasters and exotic oriental diseases. It should be added that Christian missionaries were not liked in Asia. Back at the end of the 19th century, "... they were hated, they threw stones at them, or even chopped them with sabers, if the opportunity presented itself." In 1921 (1923), the Peak family moved to England, where he received his education and by 1935 became famous as an artist and poet. He brilliantly illustrates "Alice in Wonderland", "The Hunt for the Snark", "Treasure Island", that is, the classics of children`s and adult literature. At the beginning of World War II, he ended up in the infantry, but did not make a military career - perhaps because he accidentally burned down the barracks in which his unit was quartered. Graduated from Eltham College and the Royal Academy of Arts; at the end of World War II, he was officially sent by the British government to the continent, to the newly liberated German concentration camp Belsen (as an "artist-witness"). Fellow of the Royal Society (Department of Literature). While still in the army, Peak began writing the novel Titus Groansky, which brought him (after the war) fame and became the first novel of the epic, now known as the Gormenghast trilogy. Before us is a wine of fantasy with a delicate bouquet, intellectually cooled to just the right temperature. In fact, this novel has no close relatives in all of our prose. Its shine is unique, and we are absolutely right in classifying it as a modern classic. Strictly speaking, the works of Pick have nothing to do with the genre of "fantasy", as it has developed to our time, his place is rather next to Swift, Dickens, Gogol, Hoffmann and Kafka. Peak`s trilogy novels are generally difficult to define by genre, which, perhaps, makes their reading for the so-called general reader uninteresting, if not boring. The point is also that, speaking about them, it is not so easy to answer the first, usually arising in such a conversation, question: "And what is it about?" The novel "Titus Groansky" was published in 1946, and then, in 1950 and 1959 - two more novels-continuation: "Castle Gormenghast" and "Loneliness of Titus". Only the first novel was accepted with a bang by the reading public, the other two, she simply did not notice. And only after the death of Peak, the trilogy began to be called the classics of the twentieth century, which is also mysterious and unusual. These novels were created entirely for the sake of solving a subjective creative problem, they did not contain prophecies, they did not try to answer the burning questions of our time and were not a writer`s diary - in general, there was nothing that gives a literary work additional significance, in addition to artistic merit ... In 1992 "Foreign Literature" introduced readers to the works of Peak the artist - with his illustrations for the books of the English classics Charles Dickens, RL Stevenson, L. Carroll and others. In 2002, the magazine published the first novel of the Titus Groansky trilogy. Now it`s time to close the chain and introduce Pieck, the poet. Precisely a poet, not a poet, not a prose writer indulging in rhymes from time to time. The poetic legacy of Peak may be small in comparison with the three-volume stronghold of Gormenghast, but it is like a small secret room in this castle, a place where you can finally take a break from its gloomy inhabitants and deceive the cunning system of "observing observers" worked by the malicious Steerpike, a place where you can breathe freely, if, of course, bad dreams are not tortured. img: 2 align = float_left title = none Mervyn Peak wrote poetry throughout his life. He was friends with one of the greatest creators of the past century, Dylan Thomas. Even before the appearance of Titus Groansky, two of Peak`s poetic books were published: Images and Sounds (1941) and Rhymes Without a Cause (1944). This was followed by "Glass Blowers" (1950), "Poems of a Falling Bomb" (1962), "Dreams of a Skeleton" (1967). After the death of the author, collections of his poems continued to be published, including those that had not been published before, among which the Book of Nonsense (1972), a collection of funny nonsense in the spirit of Edward Lear with drawings by the author, should be especially noted. Peak generally liked to illustrate his works. His handwritten collections of poems, mostly of a humorous nature, have survived, where flying pears, militant worms, an animal with a fiery beard, which could become an adornment of any medieval bestiary, live. In 1956, Mervyn Peak fell ill with Parkinson`s disease, 8 years later he was hospitalized and spent 4 more years before his death in the clinic. Official site: www.mervynpeake.org Infa stolen from http://fantlab.ru