Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Three new publications from Methuen

In June, Methuen will be publishing the first in a series of plays written by Mervyn Peake. The title of the first collection will be Mervyn Peake; Plays One. On the cover of the book will be one of the many illustrations produced to accompany The Wit to Woo, the play, begun in 1950, and given its first performance on 12th March 1957.

Conceived and written on the island of Sark, Letters From a Lost Uncle, a story for children but very much based on Mervyn Peake's love of adventures on the high seas, Methuen will also be reissuing the book in June. Originally published in 1948 by Eyre & Spottiswoode, the story tells the adventures of the Uncle who regularly writes home to his nephew in England. Beautifully illustrated, and written as though on a typewriter, many of the pages are apparently blood-stained from cuts to the writer's fingers.

Methuen are also reissuing their earlier edition of The Hunting of the Snark Lewis Carroll's classic with illustrations by Mervyn Peake. Published by Chatto & Windus in December 1941 the drawings had been developing in the illustrator's mind during the previous year or so while in the army.


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