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April 2015
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Here you will find information about

the contents of the journal,
how to read it for free (view the latest issue)
what the press thinks of Peake STUDIES,
the availability of back issues of PS
and of the old Mervyn Peake Review,
contributing to the journal,
news of recent and forthcoming books on Peake,
centenary events in 2011,
a timeline of his life and a page of answers to
frequently asked questions about Peake.

Additionally, there are many pages devoted to a primary and secondary Mervyn Peake bibliography. This lists all known editions and impressions of books by Peake and illustrated by Peake, plus his contributions to books and periodicals. Then it goes on to list books (and parts of books) and articles about Peake, dissertations and theses on Peake, and even a first-line and title index to Peake’s poetry.
The new books, new editions, and the events around the 100th anniversary of Peake’s birth are listed here.

You will also find pages about Mervyn Peake’s Vast Alchemies (2009), Peter Winnington’s biography of Peake, and The Voice of the Heart (2006), his study of the working of Peake’s imagination.

There’s a page of corrections and additions to Collected Poems, and to Complete Nonsense plus (below) links to other relevant sites.

What’s in Peake STUDIES?

Peake STUDIES constitutes a unique independent forum for criticism and debate for all those interested in Mervyn Peake’s life and work as a writer of novels and short stories, poet, playwright, painter and illustrator.

It contains informed articles, critical reviews, reliable news, and controversial views on all aspects of Peake’s work, including his impact on other writers and artists. It regularly reproduces previously unpublished or little-known works by Peake – drawings, paintings (often in colour), poems, plays and letters – and just occasionally works by other artists who have been inspired by him.

Peake STUDIES has been coming out twice a year, in spring and autumn, since November 1988. After five years, there was a special anniversary issue (Volume 3, No. 3, November 1993) assessing some of the impact of Mervyn Peake’s oeuvre on his readers. A quality, typeset publication, it now regularly contains pages in colour and averages 48 pages per issue.
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Where to find it

With effect from October 2013, Peake STUDIES is no longer a subscriber periodical; instead it is available free on the web: view the full issue as complete openings (= two-page spreads) on this site, or as paged articles, here.

Libraries and other institutions wanting to make Peake STUDIES available on local sites should contact DeGruyter.

Until now, the cost of this site was covered by subscriptions to Peake STUDIES. The journal is now free, but the expenses remain. Your support through a donation, however small, is greatly appreciated.

What the press thinks of Peake STUDIES

The few reviews of Peake STUDIES that have appeared have been full of praise.
In volume 3, number 4, of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Brian Attebery wrote on PS volume 1, issues two and three:
‘This journal is both a sourcebook of materials and a guide to further reading. The production values and editorial standards are remarkably high for a publication that must necessarily have a limited audience’ (pp.151–2).
Volume 2, No. 3, for November 1991, was noticed in the SFRA Review; Neil Barron observed that ‘it maintains high standards in both contents and desktop publishing.’

When Science Fiction Studies noticed Peake STUDIES, it called it ‘a very handsome journal.’ And the summer 1997 issue of Extrapolation (Vol.38, No.2) gave it favourable notice too.

On 12 April 2011, Wormwood’s blog called Peake STUDIES ‘one of the most consistently interesting and resourceful journals devoted to a single author in the fantasy field.’ This praise was repeated verbatim by the British Fantasy Society on June 5th.
Two years later, when the 50th issue came out, Wormwoodiana referred to PS as ‘the most informative – and often under-recognised – periodical.’

A recent correspondent commented that ‘the editing style is refreshing, full of common sense and in no way ponderous (unlike so many journals).’

Back copies of all issues published to date are available, listed here.
As two issues have appeared each year since November 1988, and each volume contains four issues, the most recent (the 54th) is Vol. 14, No. 2, for April 2015. As usual, it was published on schedule.
Details of prices and quantity discounts will be found at the head of the list of contents of back issues.
Additionally, the contents of the old Mervyn Peake Peake Review (1975–1982) are listed on this site, along with details of how to buy scans of them.

Contributing to Peake STUDIES

Send your ideas for articles, reviews, news, and views to me right now! 6000 words is the recommended maximum for articles. Brief contributions are always welcome. Articles should preferably follow Chicago Style but the MLA is also acceptable. The main thing is to be consistent.
With the move to digital publishing, submissions need to be accompanied by an agreement permitting the article to be posted on the web. Please sign and send it with your article.
Writing a dissertation on Peake? Send in details now! (Completed dissertations are listed in the bibliography on this site.)
Seen a mention of Peake in the press or a book? Share your discovery at once!
Please submit your contribution by e-mail for consideration.
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Send all correspondence to

G. Peter Winnington
Ch. du Collège 2
Phone +41 24 436 22 32
Go here for more about the editor.
He is the author of Vast Alchemies: the life and work of Mervyn Peake
which was published in 2000 and is now replaced by
Mervyn Peake’s Vast Alchemies (2009)
with updated information and more than 60 new illustrations.
His The Voice of the Heart: the working of Mervyn Peake’s imagination,
the first critical study to discuss all of Peake’s work
– novels, short stories, poems, illustrations, and plays –
was published in 2006 in hardback and paperback by Liverpool University Press (in the UK)
and distributed by Chicago University Press (in the USA).
He also edited Mervyn Peake: the man and his art
which was published by Peter Owen in 2006
and the volume of papers from the 2011 Chichester Centenary Conference, Miracle Enough: papers on the papers of Mervyn Peake.


There is a site originated by Peake’s son Sebastian, with news of forthcoming publications and exhibitions.
If you are wanting to buy secondhand copies of items by Peake, you should visit the sites of
Mr Pye Books and Cameron House.
For paintings and drawings by Peake, contact Chris Beetles who has a London gallery.
Works by Peake regularly come up for sale at major auction houses such as Christies and Bonham’s.
If you simply want brief (and reliable) information about Mervyn Peake’s life and work, go to The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary. Beware – some sites indulge in fantastical nonsense, like listing The Craft of the Lead Pencil and The Glassblowers as novels! A rational and balanced assessment of the Titus books can be found on the Great Science-Fiction and Fantasy site.
For articles on illustrators and the art of illustration, see Illustration magazine.

Peake STUDIES is listed on the site of the Alliance of Literary Societies.
Designed and maintained by G Peter Winnington, this site is listed by , the Internet resource for education and research in Creative Arts and Humanities.
All images by Mervyn Peake on this website are © the Mervyn Peake Estate.

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