Maurice Sendak, best-selling children’s author of Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Bumble-Ardy, dies at 83

by |May 9, 2012

From the Australian:

MAURICE Sendak, among the most honoured and adored children’s authors, has died. He was 83.

Ranking with Dr. Seuss as a revolutionary force of the past half-century, he told stories about children that were actually about children, and not what adults wished them to be. He inspired every author, from Judy Blume to Daniel Handler, who ever wanted to go a little too far. Read more…

From SMH:

Maurice Sendak was not interested in being loved. His curmudgeonly persona became as much a part of his legend as his famed book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” But loved he was. The death on Tuesday of the author and illustrator who revolutionized children’s books prompted an outpouring from authors and other celebrities roaring their terrible roars. Read more…

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.

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.

Among the other titles he wrote and illustrated, all from Harper & Row, are In The Night Kitchen (1970) and Outside Over There (1981), which together with “Where the Wild Things Are” form a trilogy; “The Sign on Rosie’s Door” (1960); “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” (1967); and “The Nutshell Library” (1962), a boxed set of four tiny volumes comprising “Alligators All Around,” “Chicken Soup With Rice,” “One Was Johnny” and “Pierre.”

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In September, a new picture book by Mr. Sendak, “Bumble-Ardy” — the first in 30 years for which he produced both text and illustrations — was issued by HarperCollins Publishers. The book, which spent five weeks on the New York Times children’s best-seller list, tells the not-altogether-lighthearted story of an orphaned pig (his parents are eaten) who gives himself a riotous birthday party. Read more…

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Authors’ tributes to Maurice Sendak

“Maurice Sendak has died. I cannot put into words what I am feeling, what he and his work meant to me.” Judy Blume, via Twitter

“He began to be honest in the `50s. He was laceratingly honest at a time when few others were.” Wicked author Gregory Maguire. Read more…

A personal letter from Sendak to illustrator Nonny Hongrogian

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