Mervyn Peake, PEAKE STUDIES: DEDICATED TO THE LIFE AND WORK OF MERVYN PEAKE, Autumn 1988-October 2013 ., G. Peter Winnington, number 1-volume 13 volume 1, number 3.

Orzens, later Mauborget, Switzerland: G. Peter Winnington, Autumn 1988-October 2013 (volume 1, number 1-volume 13, number 3). Octavo, 50 issues, paper wrappers, stapled. A nearly complete file, lacking one issue (Volume 10, number 2), of the 51 issues published on paper. Following the October 2013 issue, a few issues were published in electronic form. PEAKE STUDIES ceased publication in 2015 (with volume 14, number 3). Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911-1968) is best known for his Gormenghast saga, the completion of which was prevented by his death. "They are sometimes compared to the work of his older contemporary J. R. R. Tolkien, but Peake's surreal fiction was influenced by his early love for Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson rather than Tolkien's studies of mythology and philology" (Wikipedia). In 2008, The TIMES named Peake among their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945." PEAKE STUDIES "constituted a unique independent forum for criticism and debate for all those interested in Mervyn Peake’s life and work as a writer of novels and short stories, poet, playwright, painter and illustrator. It contained informed articles, critical reviews, reliable news, and controversial views on all aspects of Peake’s work, including his impact on other writers and artists. It regularly reproduced previously unpublished or little-known works by Peake -- drawings, paintings (often in color), poems, plays and letters -- and just occasionally works by other artists who had been inspired by him. PEAKE STUDIES came out twice a year, in spring and autumn, between November 1988 and November 2015. After five years, there was a special anniversary issue (Volume 3, No. 3, November 1993) assessing some of the impact of Mervyn Peake’s oeuvre on his readers. A quality, typeset publication, with pages in color in the later issues, it averaged 48 pages per issue" (G. Peter Winnington). All issues are in fine condition. (#167525).

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