'Where the Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak Dead at 83
Very sad news to report this morning: Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83, The New York Times reports via Twitter.
We don't have details yet on exactly how or when he died, but for a reminder of why this crotchety genius was so inspiring, listen to hisFresh Air appearance from late last year, and check out this video of Stephen Colbert's interview with him in January.
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Sendak, who was never at a loss for words, told The New Yorker's Art Spiegelman in 1993, "People say, 'Oh, Mr. Sendak. I wish I were in touch with my childhood self, like you!' As if it were all quaint and succulent, like Peter Pan. Childhood is cannibals and psychotic vomiting in your mouth! I say, 'You are in touch, lady--you're mean to your kids, you treat your husband like shit, you lie, you're selfish… That is your childhood self!"
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"Kids books… Grownup books… That's just marketing. Books are books," he said in the sameillustrated interview. A book lover until the very end, he told The Guardian's Emma Brockes in 2011: "I hate [ebooks]. It's like making believe there's another kind of sex. There isn't another kind of sex. There isn't another kind of book! A book is a book is a book."
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Dave Eggars summed up many of our feelings about Sendak in a Vanity Fair Portrait in August 2011:
Sendak is the best-known, and by most measures simply the best, living creator of picture books... his work has only grown in stature. No one has been more uncompromising, more idiosyncratic, and more in touch with the unhinged and chiaroscuro subconscious of a child.
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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Maurice Sendak, the children's book author and illustrator who saw the sometimes-dark side of childnood in books like "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen," has died. He was 83.
Longtime friend and caretaker Lynn Caponera says she was with him when he died early Tuesday at a hospital in Danbury, Conn. She says he had a stroke on Friday.
"Where the Wild Things Are" earned Sendak a prestigious Caldecott Medal for the best children's book of 1964 and became a hit movie in 2009.