Henry Darger. Ever heard of him? I hadn’t either. I was browsing online and stumbled across his story. Immediately, I was in awe at the sheer dedication he showed as an author.
But you’ll never see his work in bookstores.
You’ll never see it, because his most famous epic, 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 is 15,145 single-spaced pages long. Not only did this unassuming man (a janitor by day) manage to pen more words in one epic than many will during their entire lives, he also painted hundreds of pictures to accompany it, which went on in turn to influence other artists.
Oh, by the way…he then went on to write a sequel that exceeded 10,000 pages.
And then a semi-fictional autobiography topping out at 4878 pages.
A documentary about the man and his work, In the Realms of the Unreal, was released in 2004.
What have you done lately?