Henry Darger spent most of his childhood in orphanages and during his life was seen only at work, as a janitor, and Catholic mass. Otherwise he retired alone to his rented room. After his death in 1982, his landlords found tens of thousands of drawings, paintings, and writings, mostly strange fantasy stories about children and wars between good and evil. One of his novels was over 15 000 single spaced pages long- it was called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. There were thousands of illustrations to accompany the book.
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