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

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.


Wild Thing: Maurice Sendak and the Worlds of Children's Literature

Maurice Sendak's books, while beloved by kids, are complex meditations on history, psychology, and the power of the human imagination. Professor Seth Lerer, who won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism for his book "Children's Literature: A Reader's History", discusses the literary power of Maurice Sendak and other contemporary children's authors.

Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Mauric Sendak

The Youtube video is likely a copyright violation. I assume it will get pulled down soon. (from Youtube) Here is the DVD -- Tell Them Anything You Want

Link does not work as of 11 AM CDT

Remembering Author Maurice Sendak

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died on Tuesday. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers Sendak with excerpts from several interviews.

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