Titus / Gormenghast Series

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 58 Add MS 88931/1/3
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000026.0x000159
  • Dates of Creation
      c 1939-c 1962
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      44 files

Scope and Content

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.


Arranged in draft order

Access Information

Available for research unless otherwise stated

Not Public Record(s)

Custodial History

All but one item in this series was in the custody of UCL Special Collections prior to purchase by the British Library. UCL reference numbers have been crossed through. Slips of paper with UCL reference numbers and chapter numbers have been retained with volumes. Items were foliated by UCL but have been refoliated by the British Library.