Drafts of first three novels and beginning of fourth book. Lacking the first eleven chapters of Titus Groan. Comprises thirty four notebooks plus typescripts and loose autograph leaves. In addition to text, drawings and poems, the notebooks include details of appointments, lists of current projects and Peake's queries to self regarding plot and characters. New entries are often dated, sometimes with location and time.
Chapter numbers given in title fields relate to the published version, not to original numbering of manuscript.
See also Add MS 88931/1/2 for fragment of early draft of Titus Groan 'The House of Dark Stones' and Add MS 88931/1/8 for typescript of 'Boy in Darkness', early novella based on Titus's journey from Gormenghast. See Add MS 88931/4/1 for Peake's adaptation of Titus Groan and Gormenghast for opera.