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PEAKE Mervyn - Autograph Letter Signed 1946 - working on Titus Groan

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Mervyn PEAKE (1911-1968)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Mervyn Peake”) to “Dear Mr. Hastings” [Macdonald Hastings, editor of The Strand magazine], apologizing for a tardy reply, sending some poems [not present] and explaining that “the new part of Titus Groan . . . is claiming all the spare time I have”.
3 pages large 8vo, 70 Glebe Place SW3, 16 July 1946.                                                     

". . . Have just arrived back from Sark . . . I sincerely apologise for my seeming casualness after promising to come around I’m enclosing 3 small poems. Re: the drawings; I would like nothing better than to discuss some exciting projects with you - & I have several in my head – but I’m in a flat spin over . . . a house I’m getting in Sark – whither I’m constantly on the flit - & the fact that the new part of Titus Groan which I’m working on now is claiming all the spare time I have . . . If you like the poems well enough to publish them may I ask you if its possible for you to purchase them within the next few days as we are off to the Channel Islands for six weeks on the twenty fourth of this month. . .”

Titus Groan, the first part of Peake’s great Gormenghast trilogy, appeared in 1946. His output as an illustrator was exceptional, and the same year saw the publication of Grimm’s Tales and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with illustrations by Peake.


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