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In Memoriam

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

May 8, 2012 | by

Photo by John Dugdale.

It is with great sadness that we note the death, at eighty-three, of legendary writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. In books like Where the Wild Things Are, Outside Over There, The Nutshell Library, The Sign on Rosie’s Door and many more, Sendak defined childhood for many of us.

Last September, we ran this interview with Mr. Sendak; his inimitable wit, wisdom, and legendary cantankerousness came through loud and clear.



  1. Shelley | May 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

    If you haven’t seen it yet, the Maurice Sendak interview with Stephen Colbert is one of the best I’ve ever seen on that show. As a writer, to see another writer immediately grasp Colbert’s game and then beat him at it like a tennis master….It’s a pleasure.

    Farewell to a friend of children.

  2. Sadie Stein | May 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Thank you! Will check out!

  3. Avi Steinberg | May 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    There were so many intriguing asides in my conversation with Sendak. Regarding his preoccupation with Leiby Kletzky the kidnapped boy, for example, Sendak told me that he planned to draw the image he described in this interview (“can’t get that grainy news photo out my mind. It’s taken from a street camera. We see him from the back. He has one arm extended out…”) He told me that he was thinking about integrating that image into a future work. I wonder if he got around to drawing it?

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