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The Complete Gormenghast Novels - by Mervyn Peake (Paperback)

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  • "A gorgeous, volcanic eruption . . . a work of extraordinary imagination" (The New Yorker), The Gormenghast Novels collects Mervyn Peake's classic fantasy trilogy.
  • Author(s): Mervyn Peake
  • 1200 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Fantasy
  • Series Name: Gormenghast


About the Book

Coming soon as a major, lavishly produced TV series, the Gormenghast novels--"Titus Groan, Gormenghast, " and "Titus Alone"--along with Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings, " reign among the undisputed fantasy classics of all time.

Book Synopsis

"A gorgeous, volcanic eruption . . . a work of extraordinary imagination" (The New Yorker), The Gormenghast Novels collects Mervyn Peake's classic fantasy trilogy.

"The true fantasy classic of our time." --Washington Post

A doomed lord, an emergent hero, an array of bizarre creatures, and an ancient royal family plagued by madness and intrigue--these are the denizens of ancient, sprawling, tumbledown Gormenghast Castle.

Within its vast halls and serpentine corridors, the members of the Groan dynasty and their master, Lord Sepulchrave, grow increasingly out of touch with a changing world as they pass their days in unending devotion to meaningless rituals and arcane traditions. Meanwhile, an ambitious kitchen boy named Steerpike rises by devious means to the post of Master of the Ritual while he maneuvers to bring down the Groans.

In these extraordinary novels, Peake has created a world where all is like a dream: lush, fantastical, vivid; a symbol of dark struggle. Accompanying the text are Peake's own drawings, illustrating the whole assembly of strange creatures that inhabit Gormenghast.

Breathtaking in its power and drenched in dark atmosphere, humor, and intrigue, The Gormenghast Novels is a classic, one of the great works of 20th-century British literature. This edition includes introductory essays by Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, and famed humorist Quentin Crisp.

The Gormenghat Novels (which includes Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone) has been included in Fantasy: The 100 Best Books, Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels, and 100 Must Read Fantasy Novels as one of the greatest fantasy works of the 20th century. Literary critic Harold Bloom has praised the series as the best fantasy novels of the 20th century and it is often compared to J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings.

"His inventiveness, his ingenuity, and his humor are astonishing." --San Francisco Chronicle

Dimensions (Overall): 8.0 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x 2.1 Inches (D)
Weight: 2.4 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 1200
Series Title: Gormenghast
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Theme: Historical
Format: Paperback
Author: Mervyn Peake
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 1995
TCIN: 11959133
UPC: 9780879516284
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-2862
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 2.1 inches length x 5.4 inches width x 8 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 2.4 pounds
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