Peake, Mervyn (b. July 9, 1911, Guling, Jiangxi province, China--d. Nov. 17, 1968, Burcot, Oxfordshire, Eng.)
English novelist, poet, painter, playwright, and illustrator, best known for the bizarre Titus Groan novels and for his illustrations of his novels and of children's stories.
His Titus Groan novels--consisting of Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950), and Titus Alone (1959)--display a gallery of eccentric and freakish characters in an idiosyncratic gothic setting. Peake also wrote the poem The Glassblowers (1950) and the play The Wit to Woo (performed 1957). See alsoGormenghast series.