'Goremenghast continued - Book Seven' (Titus Groan chapters 47-57)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 58 Add MS 88931/1/3/7
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000147.0x00035d
  • Dates of Creation
      5 Sep 1941-1 Jun 1942
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 volume

Scope and Content

Autograph manuscript in different colour inks and pencil with authorial revisions and [editorial?] corrections in pencil. Includes notes on vocabulary at end of manuscript and drafts of poem to Maeve, 'What can I ever offer you...', (crossed through). Passage from 29 May is headed 'Southport Neurosis Hospital'. Dated 5 September 1941, Warningcamp.

Drawings in pencil and ink include:

  • f.1: profile of female face [Keda?];
  • f.7: margin doodle of female face in profile;
  • f.8: margin doodle of male face in profile;
  • f.8v: rough sketch of cat;
  • f.10v: line drawing of curly haired male in ?toga;
  • f.11: male child;
  • f.15: detailed drawing of leg and foot;
  • f.18: doodle of legs;
  • f.32: sketch of rocky horizon;
  • f.33: doodle of human body, emphasising muscles, with a flower instead of a head;
  • f.37: partial sketch from life of a young female figure wearing blouse and skirt;
  • f.38v: male head in profile;
  • f.39: legs;
  • f.39v: head of Swelter;
  • f.44: female figure with arms raised; face among hair on crown of head; Swelter with cleaver and pleading kitchen boy;
  • f.51: sketch of male head, appears to be drawn from life;
  • f.52: four sketches of soldiers;
  • f.53v: doodle of legs and feet;
  • f.55: doodle of facial features underneath text;
  • f.55v: doodles of figure in suit, man wearing hat and Chinese man's face;
  • f.56: doodles of cartoon figures including figure in tall pointed hat and another blowing smoke from a pipe;
  • f.56v: doodle, possibly sketch of 'The Breakfast' scene;
  • f.58v: head of man wearing glasses;
  • f.59: two heads of men with long hair;
  • f.60: male figure [Lord Sepulchrave?];
  • f.60v: head of female wearing headscarf;
  • f.61: legs and feet with flowers on knees;
  • f.61v: rough sketch of man looking through binoculars;
  • f.65: side of face; diagram of table for 'The Breakfast'.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Materials: hard-bound volume.

Dimensions: 227mm x 175mm.

Foliation: ff.iii+68.