American outsider artist, Henry Darger created a war-inspired fantasy around pre-pubescent girls with boy parts while toiling as a janitor and never receiving recognition until his artist landlord unearthed his treasure trove shortly before his death.

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Henry Darger (1892-1973) was a reclusive American artist who worked as a custodian in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously-discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls.

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story of henry darger, by day he worked as a janitor and otherwise escaped to his realm of the unreal

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Henry Darger, 'Make daring escape,' 1910-1970, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

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