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From the New York Times:

Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83 and lived in Ridgefield, Conn.

The cause was complications from a recent stroke, said Michael di Capua, his longtime editor.

Roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendak’s books were essential ingredients of childhood for the generation born after 1960 or thereabouts, and in turn for their children. He was known in particular for more than a dozen picture books he wrote and illustrated himself, most famously “Where the Wild Things Are,” which was simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making when it was published by Harper & Row in 1963.

I loved his books when I was little. My favorite was probably IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN. The boy making an airplane out of dough was the coolest thing ever!
Sendak was recently on The Colbert Report, in a two-part interview:


The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive
The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive
h/t to gchaucer2 for finding this terrific NPR interview of Sendak from this past December:

Kosack timj has a wonderful diary up about his wife's letter to Mr. Sendak and the author/artist's big-hearted reply:

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

Originally posted to Animal Nuz on Tue May 08, 2012 at 06:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter, Readers and Book Lovers, and Remembering LGBT History.

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