Maurice Sendak, Author of “Where the Wild Things Are,” Dies at Age 83
Children’s book author Maurice Sendak died Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Danbury, Connecticut at the age of 83. According to Michael di Capua, his longtime editor, the cause of death was complications from a recent stroke.
The New York Times described Sendak’s work as “[wrenching]the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and [plunging] it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche.”
Sendak’s most famous work, Where the Wild Things Are, was published by Harper & Row in 1963, and was turned into a feature film in 2009. Other notable works include In the Night Kitchen (1970), Outside Over There (1981), The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960), and Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1967).
In September 2011, Sendak’s Bumble-Ardy was published as the first in 30 years for which he produced both text and illustrations. His final book, My Brother’s Book, is scheduled to be published in February 2013.
Sendak’s final interview was conducted by Stephen Colbert and is worth revisiting: