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Mervyn Peake (1911 - 1968)

Author, poet, artist, illustrator and teacher, born in Kuling, China. He was the husband of the artist Maeve Gilmore and father of painter Fabian Peake. he was educated at Tientsin Grammar School, Eltham College and Royal Academy Schools, where he won the Hacker Prize, 1931. After two years in an artists' colony Peake taught life drawing at Westminster School of Art where he met Gilmore, marrying her in 1937. During Army service in World War II had a nervous breakdown, then was for two years attached to the Minisrty of Information. Was appointed a war artist, then in 1946 returned to live on the tiny Channel Island of Sark for three happy years. Taught at Central School of Art, but eventually had to give this up, as he had Parkinson's disease. Published Titus Groan, 1946, Gormenghast, 1950, and Titus Alone, 1959, all set in a fantasy world. He illustrated Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, 1941, the Alice books, 1946-54, and Cole

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