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The complete writings of Henry Darger

"Something extraordinary happened when Henry Darger began his artistic career, which began at the age of 19, and that is that he never stopped. He started writing at the age of 19 and we don't believe that he stopped until he died at the age of 81. What you're looking at in this photograph is one man's life work. Thirty thousand pages of text comprised of four different manuscripts, a few novels, an autobiography, and then a ten-year project. To our knowledge he never shared this with anyone."

About This Work
American Folk Art Museum. © Kiyoko Lerner. Photo: Gavin Ashworth.

The American Folk Art Museum logoAbout Our Guide
Brooke Davis Anderson, director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum since 1999, is responsible for the care and cultivation of the contemporary objects by self-taught artists in the permanent collection as well as new acquisitions and exhibitions. Brooke is also involved with programming and collaborative initiatives of The Contemporary Center and its special division, The Henry Darger Study Center.

Photographs, image captions, and accession information provided by the American Folk Art Museum. Reprinted with permission.