Articles, Introductions and Forewards Re Mervyn Peake

Scope and Content

Comprises clean copies of Maeve Gilmore's writings on Mervyn Peake (with some minor revisions):

  • Typescript introduction [to Mervyn Peake Reader, later published as Mervyn Peake, Writings & Drawings, ed. by Maeve Gilmore and Shelagh Johnson (London: Academy Editions, 1974)].
  • Autograph and typescript introduction [to the catalogue for the National Book League exhibition of Peake's work, 1972].
  • Autograph and typescript: 'Introduction to Illustrations by Mervyn Peake to selected poems of Oscar Wilde' [published in Oscar Wilde/Mervyn Peake, Extracts from the poems of Oscar Wilde (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1980)].
  • Autograph draft: 'Introduction to A Book of Nonsense by Mervyn Peake' [differs somewhat from version as published in Mervyn Peake, A Book of Nonsense (London: Peter Owen, 1972)].
  • Typescript of preface to Mervyn Peake, Shapes and Sounds, 2nd edn (London: Village Press, 1974).
  • Autograph and typescript drafts of the foreword to The Drawings of Mervyn Peake, Introduction by Hilary Spurling (London: Davis-Poyntner, 1974).
  • Typescript article about Peake's wartime exploits and the writing of A Reverie of Bone: 'I Sometimes Think About Old Tombs and Weeds. Westbury. Christmas 1942.'

Also includes an autograph prose piece in an unidentified hand [John Clements?] regarding Mervyn Peake's illustrative work. This may be a partial draft as the leaves are foliated ff.5-6.

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