Autograph Drafts and Fragments

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  • Reference
      GB 58 Add MS 88931/2/10
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000001202.0x000361
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  • Physical Description
      1 file

Scope and Content

Includes notes on 'alternative ending of act 2' [for 'The Wit To Woo', written in the early 1950s] and draft of speech for the same play [spoken by Percy Trellis]. There are possible titles [presumably for Peake's drawings 'The Works of Adolf Hitler', 1940] alongside a doodle of a man slaying another figure. There are a few doodles, including an anthropomorphic fish. Undated.

Contains the poems:

  • 'O love, the steeple jack, can climb...';
  • 'Uproarious the callow lions...';
  • 'Midnight-ranging...';
  • 'Love is an angry weather...';
  • 'At such an hour as this...';
  • 'Oh love, O death, O ecstasy!' ['O love! O death! O ecstasy!'];
  • 'Lost in the venal void...' [which became the latter part of the poem 'White Mules at Prayer'];
  • unidentified fragment with lines 'There is no Jericho to storm with bugles' and 'There is no rival to the match-stick thought';
  • 'My malady is this';
  • an early draft of what later became 'Snow in Sark';
  • 'A presage of death';
  • 'For God's sake draw the blind...';
  • 'Staring in madness';
  • 'The Skeletons' [crossed through];
  • two versions of 'I cross the narrow bridges to her love';
  • 'Blue as the indigo and fabulous storm';
  • 'We are the lifeless gipsies'.

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