Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) wrote plays, painted, as well as being poet, illustrator, short-story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the Gormenghast novels, Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone. Maeve Gilmore (1918-1983) was a painter, sculptor, and writer. She married Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast novels, in 1937. She is the author of A World Away, and the editor of Peake's Progress.
Praise for Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels:
"A gorgeous, volcanic eruption . . . a work of extraordinary imagination." --"The New Yorker"
"A very, very great work . . . a classic of our age." --Robertson Davies, author of "Fifth Business"
"A fancy of such freshness, variety, and visionary power . . . Mervyn Peake liberates and elevates as well as charms." --"The New York Times"