Henry Darger, Throw Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist

Author(s): Jim Elledge

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Henry Darger was utterly unknown during his lifetime, keeping a quiet, secluded existence as a janitor on Chicago's North Side. When he died his landlord discovered a treasure trove of more than three hundred canvases and more than 30,000 manuscripts depicting a rich, shocking fantasy world. While some historians tend to dismiss Darger as a psychopath, in Henry Darger, Throw-Away Boy, Jim Elledge cuts through the cloud of controversy and rediscovers Darger as a damaged, fearful, gay man, raised in a world unaware of the consequences of child abuse or gay shame.

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Ostracized in life and vilified after his death, Henry Darger is the ultimate American anti-hero. Elledge reveals Darger as a damaged, fearful, gay man, raised in a world unaware of the consequences of child abuse or gay shame--and his strange art as a triumph over trauma. -- Dick Donahue

Jim Elledge is the award-winning author and editor of twenty-two books, including a textbook on publishing, four anthologies on queer culture, and numerous poetry collections and chapbooks. He is currently director of the M.A. in Professional Writing Program at Kennesaw State University. He lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • : 9780715646328
  • : Duckworth Overlook
  • : Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • : November 2013
  • : 229mm X 152mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 759.13
  • : 384
  • : 33
  • : Jim Elledge
  • : Hardback