Maurice Sendak dies at 83
May 8th, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Maurice Sendak dies at 83

Maurice Sendak, author of the classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," has died, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins Publishers said Tuesday. He was 83.

Sendak illustrated nearly 100 books during a 60-year career, winning dozens of accolades as he endeared himself to generations of children reared on his fanciful stories. One critic called him "the Picasso of children's literature." Former President Bill Clinton called him the "king of dreams."

He died Tuesday in Danbury, Connecticut, of complications from a recent stroke.

Born in Brooklyn the son of Polish immigrants, Sendak grew up to take a few night classes but largely taught himself as an artist.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. JellyBean

    Loved his books growing up. Farewell, Maurice Sendak.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. @ ^

    U obviously didnt hear the news. And yea u r a a55hole.

    May 9, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. ^

    I take that back. we need to keep perfect people like u n ur friends around to be the judge, jury and executioner for a55h0les like me

    May 9, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. ^

    2 bad it wasn't u

    May 9, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. .•|•.

    Oh, that's too bad. RIP. 🙁

    May 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J.S.

    Sad that nobody came to say R.I.P. So, R.I.P.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |

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