Tuesday, May 08, 2012

[Author Obit] Maurice Sendak (1928 - 2012)

Children's fiction author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away Tuesday at the age of 83.

From the New York Times:

"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." Click for the full article

From NPR's Fresh Air:

"Over the course of his career, his children's books received numerous awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. Playwright Tony Kushner later called Sendak 'one of the most important, if not the most important, writers and artists to ever work in children's literature. In fact, he's a significant writer and artist in literature. Period.'"

Read the rest of this article and listen to previous Sendak interviews on NPR's Fresh Air webpage

Browse the library catalog to find books written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak


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