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Complete Nonsense free pdf "Nonsense", wrote Mervyn Peake, 'can take you by the hand and lead you nowhere. It's magic.' Peake (1911 - 68) is one of the great English nonsense poets, in the tradition of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. His verses lead the reader into places where cause is cut free of effect and language takes on a giddy life of its own. Malicious bowler hats threaten their owners, a cake is chased across an ocean by a rakish knife, aunts become flatfish or live on sphagnum moss. Fully annotated, with a detailed introduction, "Complete Nonsense" contains all the poems and illustrations from Peake's "Book of Nonsense" (1972), with forty unpublished poems discovered in manuscripts and thirty from uncollected sources, including all the nonsense verses from his novels. It reprints complete - for the first time and in colour - the words and images from "Rhymes without Reason" (1944), and Peake's comic masterpiece "Figures of Speech" (1954). All the poems have been newly edited, often from Peake's manuscripts, by Robert Maslen, editor of Peake's "Collected Poems" (Carcanet), and Peter Winnington, the leading Peake scholar and biographer. Peake wrote of the rare art that 'glitters with the divine lunacy we call nonsense': "Complete Nonsense" glitters with Peake's benign and wayward imagination.'

About Mervyn Peake

MERVYN PEAKE was one of the best-loved illustrators of the twentieth centiry, and author of the celebratd Titus books: Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950) and Titus Alone (1959). Born in china in 1911, he was educated at Tientsin Grammar School, Eltham College in Kent and the Royal Academy Schools. From 1935 he taught life drawing at the Westminster School of Art. After being called up in 1940 he underwent military training, but was invalided out of the army following a breakdown in 1942. He worked for a while as an official War Artist, then in 1945 travelled through Germany recording the after-effects of the war, making drawings of Nazi war criminals, POWs and the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. In 1946 he went with his family to live on the island of Sark, returning in 1949 to teach life drawing again, this time at the Central School of Art. He was awarded the Heinemann Prize by the Royal Scoeity of Literature in 1951 for his novel Gormenghast and poetry collection The Glassblowers. His play The Wit to Woo was performed at the Arts Theatre in 1957 but did not prove a critical success, and he suffered a second breakdown after its failure. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1958, and died ten years later. G. PETER WINNINGTON is the leading Peake scholar. He has published both an acclaimed biography of Peake and a critical study of his oeuvre, taking in his novels, the poems, the plays, and his graphic work. He has also edited much of Peake's previously unpublished writing and printed it in his periodical, Peake Studies. ROBERT MASLEN was educated at Christ Church, Oxford and has taught at Universities in Oxford, London and Exeter. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where he teaches an MLitt in Creative Writing, and has been Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, NH, the University of St Thomas, MN, and the University of Lund, Sweden. He has published articles on science fiction and renaissance literature, two books, Shakespeare and Comedy and Elizabethan Fictions, and is the editor of Mervyn Peake: Collected Poems and, with Peter Winnington, Complete Nonsense (both published by Carcanet).

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Author : Mervyn Peake
Publisher : Fyfield Books
Data Published : 27 July 2012
ISBN : 1847779697
EAN : 9781847779694
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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