Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal by John M. MacGregorOn a snowy day in November 1972, a poor, badly crippled old man left his room on the third floor of a rooming house in Chicago for the last time. His name was Henry Darger. He had lived in this room for forty years. It was filthy, crammed with his possessions, mostly things found in the garbage. Henry never threw anything out. The room was filled, almost solid, with junk. He was now eighty years old and far too feeble to carry anything down the stairs. So he left everything behind. He had no need of his possessions. Anyway, he was going to an old folks home to die. When he left the room his life was over. His landlord asked him what he wanted done with his possessions. Henry is said to have replied, You can have them, Mr. Leonard. At that moment the gift had no meaning. There was nothing in the room but garbage. Everything would have to be thrown out... When Dargers landlord, Nathan Lerner, assisted by a young student, David Berglund, began to clean out Henrys room they found some surprises: an eight volume autobiography, consisting of 5084 handwritten pages, entitled, The History of My Life which Henry had begun writing in 1963 after retiring. The short auto-biographical introduction to what is otherwise an enormous and utterly fantastic piece of imaginative fiction, provided some of the crucial pieces of evidence underlying the biographical reconstruction of Dargers life that form the first chapter of this book. Then, when the old trunks were opened, they made a far more spectacular discovery: a history of another world called, In The Realms of the Unreal in fifteen volumes, 15 145 type written pages, unquestionably the longest work of fiction ever written. In time the room also yielded the three huge bound volumes of illustrations for that work, several hundred pictures, many over twelve feet long and painted on both sides. By accident, the landlord had stumbled upon a concealed and secret life work, which no one had ever seen: Dargers alternate world.
Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal
Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal is a generously illustrated book that represents the culmination of more than a decade of research into the enigmatic artist's life and work by world renowned outsider art expert John MacGregor. Henry Darger was born in Chicago in Amidst the refuse, Lerner also found three huge bound volumes of brightly colored illustrations for the work, many painted on both sides and some over twelve feet in length. His illustrations and writings have been the subject of major museum exhibitions in Europe and North America. Henry Darger is not yet a household name, however it may become one soon. Darger is considered to be the most important figure in the emerging field of Outsider Art—the name given to work by self-taught and often mentally disturbed or otherwise marginal artists.
Robert Vivian himself was the father of seven little Vivian Girls whose beauty could never be painted had they been seen for real. Of Violet, Joice, Jennie, and Evangeline, their beauty could never be described, but their nature and ways in goodness and soul was still more pretty and spotless. And no Evangeline St. Clare could beat them in their kind loving ways, and their love for God. They were always willing to do as they were told, keeping away from bad company and going to Mass and Holy Communion every day, and living the lives of little saints. The watchfulness of their parents made them what they were. They were Abbieannians by birth, but their parents, dreading the great Abbieannian storms, had left Abbieannia and first went to Angelinia.
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Henry Joseph Darger Jr. April 12, — April 13, was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a hospital custodian in Chicago , Illinois. The visual subject matter of his work ranges from idyllic scenes in Edwardian interiors and tranquil flowered landscapes populated by children and fantastic creatures, to scenes of horrific terror and carnage depicting young children being tortured and massacred. Darger's artwork has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art. When he was four years old, his mother died of puerperal fever after giving birth to a daughter, who was given up for adoption ; Darger never knew his sister. MacGregor , discovered that Rosa had two children before Henry, but did not discover their whereabouts.
Additional information has been provided by Michael Bonesteel. Each volume is bound front and back with heavy cardboard covered with wallpaper samples. The typewritten pages many glued back-to-back are hand-stitched along the spines and connected to the covers. These volumes were originally found in bundles of loose pages. After reading them, scholar John MacGregor attempted to put them in to some kind of order.