This is not a complete survey, but a compilation of the more significant studies of Henry Darger and his work. Listed chronologically, it includes both cursory artistic or historical overviews, as well as more in-depth evaluations.
C.L. Morrison, Realms of the Unreal: The Work of Henry Darger, exhibition catalog essay, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1977.
Charlie Mosely, "Glandelinians, Blengians, General Gingersnap, and the Vivian Girls Come to Hyde Park," The Chicago Journal, Vol. 2, #3, Sept. 17, 1977.
Jack Burnham "The Henry Darger Collection: Another Art Treasure Lost to Chicago?" The New Art Examiner, Oct. 1979.
Ina Jaffe, "Realms of the Unreal," Chicago Reader, Nov. 23, 1979.
Michael Bonesteel, review of "Henry Darger" at the Phyllis Kind Gallery, New Art Examiner, Feb. 1980.
Michael Bonesteel "Chicago Originals," Art in America, Feb. 1985.
John MacGregor, "I See a World within the World; I Dream but Am Awake," Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art, exhibition catalog published by Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Princeton University Press, 1992.
John MacGregor "Art by Adoption," Raw Vision #13 Winter, 1995/1996.
John MacGregor, Henry J. Darger, Dans les Royaumes de l'Irreel, Fondazione Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, 1996; Japanese translation, 2000.
Stephen Prokopoff and Nathan Lerner, Henry Darger: The Unreality of Being, exhibition catalog, University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1996.
Tessa DeCarlo, "The Bizarre Visions of a Reclusive Master," The New York Times, Jan. 12, 1997.
Holland Cotter, "A Life's Work in Word and Image, Secret Until Death," The New York Times, Jan. 27, 1997.
Mark Stevens, "Golden Girls," New York, Feb.3, 1997.
Robert Hughes, "A Life of Bizarre Obsession," Time, Feb. 24, 1997.
Richard Vine, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," Art in America, Jan. 1998.
John MacGregor "Thoughts on the Question: Why Darger?" The Outsider, Vol. 2, #2, Winter, 1998.
John M. MacGregor and Yukiko Koide, In the Realms of the Unreal, Sakuhin-Sha, 2000.
Michael Bonesteel, Henry Darger: Art & Selected Writings, Rizzoli International Publications, 2000.
Sarah Boxer "He Was Crazy Like a ... Genius?" New York Times, Sept. 16, 2000.
Natalie Merchant, Motherland, "Henry Darger" (4:24), Electra Records, 2001.
Klaus Biesenbach and Kiyoko Lerner, Henry Darger, Disasters of War, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2001.
Brooke Davis Anderson and Michel Thevoz, Darger, The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum, American Folk Art Museum/Harry N. Abrams, 2001.
Mac Wellman and Ridge Theater, "Jennie Richee or: Eating Jalooka Fruit before it's Ripe," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, February, 2001 (restaged in April, 2001, at the Kitchen, New York, where it won an Obie award; January, 2003 at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn; and January, 2004 at Staatstheater Darmstadt, Germany).
Phil Milstein, "Henry Darger: Outsider Artist … Song-Poet?" American Song-Poem Music Archives, May 11, 2001.
Jerry Saltz, "Lord of the Lolitas," Village Voice, Dec. 25, 2001.
Peter Schjeldahl "Folks," The New Yorker, Jan. 14, 2002.
John MacGregor, Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal, Delano Greenridge Editions, 2002.
Michael Bonesteel, " 'Crazy' Henry: A Reminiscence," catalog essay for the Biennale of Sydney, 2002.
John MacGregor, "Further Adventures of the Vivian Girls in Chicago," Raw Vision #39, Summer, 2002.
Barry Singer, "Warrior Girls Aswirl in an Artist's Mind," theater review of Mac Wellman's "Jennie Richee," New York Times, Jan. 12, 2003.
Jane Kallir, "Henry Darger: Art and Myth," Galerie St. Etienne newsletter essay, Jan. 2004.
Edward Madrid Gomez, Sound and Fury, The Art of Henry Darger, Andrew Edlin Gallery, 2006.
Henry Darger's Room, Yukiko Koide, Imperial Press, 2007.
Klaus Biesenbach (with Brooke Davis Anderson, Michael Bonesteel and Carl Watkins), Henry Darger, Prestel Press, 2009.
Michael Bonesteel, "Henry Darger's Search for the Grail in the Guise of a Celestial Child," Third Person, Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives, edited by Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardip-Fruin, The MIT Press, 2009.
Michael Bonesteel, "Dweller in Two Worlds," World Transformers: The Art of the Outsiders, exhibition catalog published by Schirn Kunstahalle Frankfurt, 2010.
Charles Russell, "Henry Darger," Groundwaters, Prestel Press, 2011.
Michael Bonesteel, "Heroes and Villains," Raw Vision #74, Winter, 2011/2012.
Carl Watson, "Recollecting Turbulence: Catastrophe and Sacrifice in the 'History of My Life' by Henry Darger," dissertation, BiblioLabsII, 2012.
Mary Trent, "Many Stirring Scenes: Henry Darger's Reworking of American Visual Culture," American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring, 2012).
Michael Moon, Darger's Resources, Duke University Press, 2012.
Jim Elledge, Henry Darger, Throw-Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist, The Overlook Press, 2013.
James Harris, "In the Realms of the Unreal: Henry Darger," JAMA Psychiatry, Volume 70, No. 11, November 2013.
Living in Unreal World, Yukiko Koide, Heibon-Sha, 2013.
Xavier Maumejean, American Gothic, Alma, 2013.
Leisa Rundquist, "Vivam! The Divine Intersexuality of Henry Darger's Vivian Girl," Elsewhere: The International Journal of Self-Taught and Outsider Art, Issue #2, May, 2014.
Henry Darger, L'Histoire de ma vie, traduction de l'anglais d'Anne-Sylvie Homassei, Aux forges de Vulcain, 2014.
Collected by Michael Bonesteel