Mervyn Laurence Peake was born on 9 July 1911 in Kuling, Jiangxi, China â€“ 17 November 1968 was an English writer, artist, poet, and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books. The three works were part of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, the completion of which was prevented by his death. They are sometimes compared to the work of his older contemporary J. R. R. Tolkien, but his work was influenced by his early love for Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson rather than Tolkien's studies of mythology and philology.
â€œAnd now, my poor old woman, why are you crying so bitterly? It is autumn. The leaves are falling from the trees like burning tears- the wind howls. Why must you mimic them?â€
â€œLingering is so very lonely when one lingers all alone.â€
â€œTo live at all is miracle enough.â€
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