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Gormenghast (novel)

Gormenghast is a fantasy novel by British writer Mervyn Peake, the second in his Gormenghast series. It is the story of Titus Groan, 77th Earl of Groan and Lord of Gormenghast Castle, from age 7 to 17; as the story opens, Titus dreads the pre-ordained life of ritual. To Titus, Master of Ritual Barquentine and his apprentice Steerpike are the embodiment of all he wants to rebel against. An important sub-plot involves Titus at school, where he encounters the professors Bellgrove, who becomes Headmaster of Gormenghast school. Steerpike, despite his position of authority, is in reality a dangerous traitor to Gormenghast who seeks to wield ultimate power in the castle. To this end, he kills Barquentine. Although he is successful in his murder of Barquentine, the old master of ritual put up such a severe struggle that Steerpike is injured in the process, suffering extensive burns and drowning; as Steerpike lies recovering in a delirious state from his ordeal, he cries out the words And the twins will make it five.

This is overheard by the castle's doctor, Dr Prunesquallor, disturbed to hear it. Although the reader is not told this explicitly, Steerpike's words are a clear reference to the number of people he has killed; the reference to the twins is to the aunts of the twin sisters Ladies Cora and Clarice. Steerpike has been holding them captive in a remote and abandoned part of the castle, they are utterly dependent on him for food and drink. Due to Steerpike's prolonged recovery he is unable to supply them, by the time he has recovered he believes them to have already died of thirst and starvation, though in fact they die a few days later. Dr Prunesquallor discusses Steerpike's words with the Countess Gertrude, but they disagree over its meaning and the ambiguity over what Steerpike meant is never resolved. Both of them are now suspicious about Steerpike and his role in the various disappearances and deaths among the happenings of the castle. Although Steerpike appears to make a full recovery, he is left disfigured with a morbid fear of fire.

It becomes clear that the balance of his mind is disturbed. An important part of Titus' life is spent at school, where he encounters the school professors Bellgrove, one of Titus's teachers, who ascends to Headmaster of Gormenghast; the other teachers are a collection of misfits, each with idiosyncrasies of their own, who bicker and compete with each other in petty rivalries, being not unlike a bunch of overgrown schoolboys themselves. A welcome humorous interlude in the novel occurs when Irma Prunesquallor, decides to get married, throws a party in the hope of meeting a suitable partner. To this end she invites the school professors, who are so terrified of meeting a woman that they make fools of themselves in various ways. One professor has to be revived by the doctor; when he wakes up he flees shrieking over the garden wall, never to be seen again. Only Bellgrove made headmaster, rises to the occasion and behaves in a gentlemanly way to Irma. Bellgrove and Irma thus begin a rather unusual romance.

Bellgrove becomes an important figure in Titus' development. In many respects, he is the standard absent-minded professor who falls asleep during his own class and plays with marbles. However, deep inside him there is a certain element of nobility. At heart Bellgrove is kindly, if weak, at least has the humility to be aware of his faults, he becomes something of a father figure to Titus. An important development for Titus is his brief meeting with his "foster sister": a feral girl known only as'The Thing', the daughter of Titus' wet-nurse, Keda of the Bright Carvers; the Thing, being an illegitimate child, is exiled by the Carvers and lives a feral life in the forests around Gormenghast. Titus first meets her. Titus is entranced by her wild grace, sets out to meet her, he does so, holds her but she flees him and is fatally struck by lightning. However, her fierce independence inspires Titus, gives him courage to leave his home. Due to the vigilance of the old servant Flay Steerpike is unmasked as the murderer of the aunts of Titus and Clarice.

He becomes a renegade within the castle, using his extensive knowledge to hide within its vast regions, waging a guerrilla campaign of random killing with his catapult. Steerpike's capture seems impossible until the entire kingdom of Gormenghast is submerged in a flood, due to endless rains; the mud dwellers are forced to take refuge in the castle and the castle's own inhabitants are forced to retreat to higher and higher floors as the flood waters keep rising. Fuchsia, grown melancholic and withdrawn after the death of her father and betrayal by Steerpike contemplates suicide. At the last moment, she changes her mind, but slips and falls from a window, striking her head on the way down and drowning in the floodwaters. Unaware of the accident when they find her body, both Countess Gertrude and Titus are convinced that Steerpike is to blame, both resolve to bring the murderer to justice. So begins an epic manhunt through the flooding castle, with Steerpike forced into smaller areas and surrounded by the castle's forces.

At this late stage, his ruthlessness and cunning mean that Steerpike evades capture. However, Titus realises that he is hiding in the ivy against the castle walls, full of rage and hatr

Henri Kay Henrion

Frederick Henri Kay Henrion, was a German graphic designer. A celebrated poster and exhibition designer, Henrion was the founding father of modern European corporate identity. After leaving school, Henrion went to Paris, worked in textile design before studying with poster designer Paul Colin. In 1936 he moved to England where he set up his studio. During the Second World War Henrion was interned on the Isle of Man as an alien, but subsequently worked for the Ministry of Information and the US Office of War Information, designing posters for campaigns like Dig for Victory, Aid the Wounded, Grow More Food. After the war Henrion became art director at Contact Books, in 1951 he started his own design consultancy named Henrion Design Associates; as well as creating exhibitions and book and magazine design, they worked within the then-emerging concept of corporate identity - with Henrion becoming a pioneer in the field. His clients included: British European Airways Blue Circle Cement Coopers & Lybrand Giro KLM London Electricity Board The Post Office.

The National Theatre Tate & Lyle Wates Alongside his poster and advertising design work, Henrion was involved in the design of many exhibitions around the world. These included the Publicity Pavilion for the Paris International Fair, the MARS exhibition in London, he worked on projects for the 1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition, the 1939 New York World's Fair, the Air France pavilion at the Tel Aviv Levant Fair, 1940,After the war, Henrion continued to develop a reputation as an exhibition designer. He designed two of the pavilions at the 1951 Festival of Britain. Henrion lectured at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1965, was head of Visual Communication at the London College of Printing from 1976 to 1979, he worked as an art editor for various publications, contributed to the Council for Industrial Design's Design magazine. Henrion was a member of the Artists' International Association, the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers, the Council of Industrial Design, he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry in 1959, was appointed MBE in 1951, OBE in 1985.

Henrion was involved with design institutions such as the Council of Industrial Design and ICOGRADA. Henrion married the British sculptor Daphne Hardy in 1947. Together they had a daughter, they separated in the 1970s. Henrion's archive is held at The University of Brighton Design Archives, it covers his entire career and comprises correspondence with clients, original artwork, examples of packaging and graphic design and photography. It includes Henrion's personal library of books on graphic and industrial design and advertising, now searchable on the University's Library system. Photographs of Henrion's work featured at the Britain Can Make It Exhibition and The Festival of Britain, have been made available on the Visual Arts Data Service, along with examples of his Wartime posters

Birmingham, New Jersey

Birmingham is an unincorporated community located within Pemberton Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the ZIP Code Tabulation Area for ZIP Code 08011 had a population of 33. Though sparsely populated, it houses a Lanxess chemical facility. New Jersey Transit provides service to and from Philadelphia on the 317 route which can be accessed from County Route 530 which runs to the south of Birmingham; the climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Birmingham has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps

Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private Baptist university in Cedarville, Ohio. At its founding, the school was affiliated with the conservative General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, General Synod, now Presbyterian Church in America. Today, Cedarville is an independent Baptist school, endorsed by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. Chartered by the state of Ohio and accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents, Cedarville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Cedarville College was chartered in 1887 by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church; the first classes were held in 1892, though the college did not open until 1894. David McKinney was the college's first president. After McKinney, Dr. Wilbert McChesney served as president from 1915 to 1940. McChesney guided the college during World War I and the Depression, served as professor of New Testament when the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary was located at Cedarville. In addition to his duties at Cedarville, McChesney served seven terms in the Ohio Legislature.

The Rev. Walter Smith Kilpatrick replaced McChesney, serving from 1940 to 1943, he is the only alumnus of the college to serve as president. Kilpatrick's brief tenure faced financial challenges and the impact of World War II. Ira Vayhinger became the College's fourth president in 1943 and served until 1950, he had served as General Secretary of the local YMCA from 1911–1922. He joined Cedarville College in 1941 as business manager; as president, he guided the college through enrollment challenges and the difficult years of World War II. E. H. Miller was appointed president in 1950. During his tenure, the college merged with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland. Following the unanimous vote of both boards of trustees, the transfer of property occurred April 4, 1953. Miller's tenure as president ended in 1953. Dr. Leonard Webster, the dean of the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, became president of Cedarville College in 1953. In 1953, the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio relocated to Cedarville's campus and transitioned into management of Cedarville College through a merger arrangement with the college's Presbyterian board of trustees, who each resigned in turn.

The Baptists were affiliated with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, a fundamentalist group which dissociated itself from the college. Webster led the move from Cleveland to Cedarville and hired new faculty to complement the existing Baptist Bible Institute professors. Webster represented Cedarville at national and state conferences of the Regular Baptist Churches to promote the college. Dr. James T. Jeremiah, Cedarville College's seventh president, began his tenure in 1954 and served until 1978. Under Jeremiah's leadership, Cedarville College transformed to an accredited institution of higher learning. College enrollment increased during Jeremiah's tenure; the Jeremiah Chapel in the Dixon Ministry Center is named in honor of Dr. James T. Jeremiah. David Jeremiah his son, is a former Cedarville trustee. Dr. Paul H. Dixon became eighth president of Cedarville College in 1978. Dixon expressed a strong desire for students to take part in the Great Commission. In his 25 years, Cedarville constructed $100 million in facilities and expanded from 180 to 400 acres.

Cedarville attained university status in 2000 and programs of study grew to more than 100, including graduate degrees. Enrollment increased from 1,185 students in 1978 to more than 3,000 by the end of Dixon's service in 2003. Cedarville's ninth President, Dr. William E. Brown, began in 2003. Under his leadership, the university launched the Pharm. D. M. S. N. M. B. A. and now-defunct M. Ed. programs. The campus expanded to include the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies and Health Sciences Center and renovated 14 residence halls; the university enjoyed excellent student satisfaction survey results. Yet, mid-way through his tenure, President Brown experienced controversies regarding the lack of collegiality among Bible professors and the allegiance to the school's doctrinal statement, leading to the terminations of some professors, most notably, David Hoffeditz and Michael Pahl; as a result of ongoing problems, President Brown announced his resignation in October 2012. In January 2013, Inside Higher Ed characterized the university as being in the midst of an "ongoing, tangled doctrinal controversy."

Vice President for Student Life Carl Ruby resigned in January 2013. The Board of Trustees eliminated the philosophy major at the end of the academic year. Thomas White took office as president in July 2013, becoming the 10th president of Cedarville University. At his inauguration ceremony, "A Message from a Mentor" was delivered by then-President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Paige Patterson. White worked under Patterson as the Director of Student Life from 2001-2005 at Southeastern Baptist Theoogical Seminary and as both the Director of Leadership Development and the Vice President for Student Services at Communications prior to becoming CU's President. Under White's leadership, the university has completed an extensive renovation of the Jeremiah Chapel, built new science laboratories, established two additional graduate programs, founded the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity. Yet, President White has been embroiled in controversies. In December 2013, twenty-year Cedarville professor Joy Fagan resigned, saying she did not fit the changing policies, including the new restriction of only female students allowed in the Bible classes taught by femal

Tom Hart (cartoonist)

Tom Hart is an American comics creator best known for his Hutch Owen series of comics. Tom Hart began making mini-comics while living in Seattle in the early 1990s. Like many of his colleagues including Megan Kelso, Dave Lasky, Jason Lutes, Jon Lewis, James Sturm he was an early recipient of the Xeric Foundation grant for cartoonists, his Xeric-winning book, Hutch Owen's Working Hard was 56 pages and self-published in 1994. His next book, New Hat, was published through Canadian publisher Black Eye Productions in 1995. Black Eye published his next book, The Sands, in 1997. Hart returned to the Hutch Owen series and published a first collection of stories with Top Shelf Productions in 2000. Books in the series have been published by Top Shelf. Time magazine has called Hutch Owen "A devastating satire feels like a scalding hot poker cauterizing the open wound of American corporate and consumer culture."Hutch Owen has been distributed as daily print and webcomic strips, Hart is a former editor of and contributor to serializer.net.

One of the original comics on serializer was Trunktown, a Hutch Owen spin-off drawn by Hart and written by Shaenon Garrity. His strip version of Hutch Owen, ran in the Metro newspaper in New York and Boston for a year and a half from 2006-2008. In 2008 his comic strip collaboration with Marguerite Dabaie, Ali's House, was bought and syndicated by King Features Syndicate; the strip is now archived at GoComics. Tom Hart is an experienced teacher, having taught for more than six years at New York's School of Visual Arts, the Education Alliance, Young Audiences, numerous places across the country and all over New York City, he had three books pending in 2010, Let's Get Furious, a collection of all the Hutch Owen comic strips, How to Say Everything, a book about creativity in comics, She's Not Into Poetry, a collection of his 1990s mini-comics. In 2012 he published Daddy Lightning, about his experiences as a father. In January 2016 he published Rosalie Lightning, a memoir named after his daughter, who had died when she was two, about his and his wife's grief and their attempts to make sense of their life afterwards.

Hart is married to fellow cartoonist Leela Corman. Official website HutchOwen.com