I’ve been listening to a podcast about the Voynich manuscript. At the time of this writing, I haven’t finished it but the podcast is great:
Here’s the Wikipedia article on the manuscript:
Early on, the podcast mentions a researcher into the manuscript named John Manly:
The name sounded familiar and I realized it’s the name of a villain in that sprawling work by Henry Darger:
This is a portion on Manley the villain, from the documentary on Darger:
It is said that Manley was based on a boy from Darger’s childhood, so all of this may be coincidence. However, it’s fun to imagine this:
Manley’s article in Speculum about the Voynich manuscript was published within a year of when Darger was said to have started his work.
I find it interesting that the two men lived in Chicago at the same time, one creating a bizarre book and the other critiquing one.
Most likely coincidence, again, but the idea that Darger was trying to create his own version of the Voynich manuscript in a way is slightly poetic.
Granted, if Darger was going to research things, why not go to nearby DePaul?