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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Worlds of Mervyn Peake (British Library)

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. To celebrate the centenary of Peake's birth, the British Library's exhibition The Worlds of Mervyn Peake (5 July to 18 September 2011) examines Peake's output as novelist, poet, playwright and illustrator through the worlds he inhabited, both real and imagined. The exhibition brings together a wealth of material from the British Library's collections, including the recently acquired Mervyn Peake archive. Previously unknown works discovered amongst Peake's papers include: the manuscript of the soon-to-be published fourth Titus book, Titus Awakes, completed by Peake's wife Maeve Gilmore after his death; and the complete first scene of his sci-fi play 'Isle Escape', in which a couple escape to a tropical island to wait out a world war that they later discover failed to take place

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