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RIP Maurice Sendak
« on: May 08, 2012, 01:43:34 PM »

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. The cause was complications of a recent stroke, said Michael di Capua, his longtime editor. Mr. Sendak, who died in a hospital, lived in Ridgefield, Conn. 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.

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Re: RIP Maurice Sendak
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 07:11:55 AM »
I liked his books well enough but I never knew what an awesome guy he was until I saw him cropping up in interviews (the one with Stephen Colbert is maybe one of the most delightful Colbert bits I've ever seen). I saw this in tumblr this morning:

RIP, Mr. Sendak. The world's a lesser place for your passing.
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Re: RIP Maurice Sendak
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012, 07:31:49 AM »
Loved his books and loved seeing him on Colbert

His quote on Colbert's book is classic

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