Henry Darger, Throw Away Boy (Jim Elledge)

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ISBN: 9781590208557
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Published: Overlook Press - September 12th, 2013

Henry Darger, a Chicago artist and writer completely unknown during his life, is the focus of this illuminating biography. Darger wasn’t just an ‘outsider artist’ in the sense of being undiscovered. During his seemingly uneventful life, he wrote a beautiful and demented 15,000 page magnum opus about a group of magical sisters known as the Vivian Girls, supplied thousands of illustrations for their adventures, and managed to tell absolutely no one about them. These manuscripts and drawings were all discovered upon his death in 1973. Darger’s art is disturbing in many ways and Elledge spends considerable time exploring the motivations behind it. THROWAWAY BOY is a well-researched and fascinating examination of the internal and isolated life of an eccentric artist, as well as a considered snapshot of Chicago during the first half of the 20th century.

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