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Visions from Bedlam: Neil Gaiman Meets the Art Detective

Richard Dadd was a chocolate-box style painter destined to be forgotten, until he tragically went insane and murdered his own father in 1843. After he was transferred to Bedlam, Dadd’s paintings became labyrinthine, masterful, and incredibly dark. Over a period between six to nine years, he created his astonishing masterpiece, ‘The Fairy-Feller’s Master-Stroke’. With its strange disruptions of scale and perspective, its intricate detail and its myriad characters, the work is an astonishing display of a haunted imagination. Richard Dadd’s work has had a big impact on writer Neil Gaiman, as well as on many other authors. In this podcast, he discusses its effects on his literary imagination and its lasting influence. He also discusses other moments of inspiration and his own witnessing of madness, in the form of his good friend Terry Pratchett’s descent into Alzheimer’s. In this fascinating interview with Janina Ramirez, we delve behind the scenes of Gaiman’s creative process and learn about the work and man that inspires him to this day.

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