A selection of Mervyn Peake's short stories, poems, nonsense verse and drawings.
Mervyn Peake (1911–1968) was a prolific and astonishingly original writer and artist, who touched at one time or another on almost every literary form. Peake's Progress is a selection, compiled by his widow, Maeve Gilmore, from every period of his work as a writer and draughtsman. It contains a remarkable work from childhood, 'The White Chief of the Umzimbooboo Kaffirs', the early 'Mr. Slaughterboard', which foreshadows the 'Titus' books, two plays, 'The Wit to Woo' and 'Noah's Ark', a broadcast version of 'Mr Pye', and a generous selection of Peake's short stories, poems and nonsense verses as well as his drawings. Including a new preface written by Mervyn Peake's son, Sebastian, this edition of Peake's Progress is published to coincide with the centenary of Peake's birth, and to mark the British Library's acquisition of Peake's archives.
Mervyn Peake was a writer, artist, poet and playwright, best-known for his gothic masterpiece, the Gormenghast Trilogy, and his stunning illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Maeve Gilmore was Mervyn Peake's wife. She edited several books pertaining to different aspects of Peake's work, and was an artist in her own right.