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Thanks, Mr. Sendak, and Farewell…

Thank you Mr. Sendak, for teaching me all about those wild places. ♥

Maurice Sendak, Children’s Author Who Upended Tradition, Dies at 83

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…. (Read more at The New York Times link above)

Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are,” 1963

Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are,” 1963

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  1. helenefg #

    Where the Wild Things Are, is a very good story. I have a movie made ​​of the story =) It’s definitift one of my favorite stories.

    May 8, 2012
    • Ditto… So many wonderfully sweet themes! That book was one of my staples. Such a talented man.

      May 8, 2012
  2. I just found out that he was gay and had been with is other half for 50 years! Yeah!

    May 8, 2012
    • Get OUT! I had absolutely NO IDEA… Wow. FIFTY YEARS; what a remarkable achievement. I’m so happy he was able to see some movement in the arena of gay marriage — here’s to hoping that love will overcome all, eventually. ♥

      May 8, 2012
      • He was determine to keep his homosexuality from his parents, and did. They never knew. So, my response to that it –
        sipping once, sipping twice, sipping chicken soup with rice….

        June 2, 2012
      • 🙂 I read more about this aspect of his life, in the days after his death… This was his decision, and he remained true to it. But I still have hope and faith that we’ll see more movement for others who remain fearful of their sexuality.

        June 3, 2012
  3. marialla #

    He shall be missed but through his books he will live a long time!!!

    May 14, 2012
    • ABSOLUTELY. Such an amazing talent; it says a lot about how his work is still so much a part of our culture.

      May 14, 2012
  4. Yep, love this book. Pacific NW Ballet in Seattle stages the “Nutcracker” every year featuring set design by Maurice Sendak. I saw this ballet in 1991.

    June 3, 2012
    • Ah, yes… I lived in Queen Anne, and can remember walking by the Seattle Center posters. Had a friend working at the theater in the early ’90s, too — we were in the area when you saw it! 🙂

      June 4, 2012
      • Really, when did you live on Queen Anne? I moved to an apartment on lower Queen Anne in June 1992 and lived in that apartment until the summer of 1997. I worked at A Contemporary Theater in 1992-93.

        June 4, 2012
      • That’s crazy! We got our apartment facing the Bay on Queen Anne in ’92 (Skyline Apts!), and I had a friend who worked in what I *think* was that theater… Was that in the Seattle Center? WHAT A SMALL WORLD. I visited recently, and was stunned by what I saw… Completely changed. I understand lots of LA $$ has been investing in Seattle for years, now.

        June 4, 2012

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