Maurice Sendak, author-illustrator of the iconic children’s book Where The Wild Things Are, has died at age 83 due to complications from a recent stroke.
In addition to Wild Things, Sendak produced numerous other titles, including The Sign on Rosie’s Door, Higglety Pigglety Pop, Seven Little Monsters and 2011’s Bumble-Ardy. He also created animated works like Really Rosie, a stage adaptation of Wild Things Are and sets for operas and ballets like The Nutcracker, The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel. Sendak collaborated with out playwright on an English version of the Czech children’s opera Brundibar, which was released as a children’s book in 2003 and performed in full in 2005. With over 100 books written and drawn in a half-century, Sendak’s impression on our collective imagination is truly indelible.
The curmudgeonlyauthor was the subject of Tell Them Anything You Want, an excellent documentary by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze (director of the film version of Wild Things), which you can watch in its entirety above.
Though he lived with Eugene Glynn, a psychoanalyst, for over 50 years (until Glynn’s death in 2007), Sendak didn’t officially come out until 2008. When asked by the New York Times to name a question he’d never been asked, he responded: “Well, that I’m gay… I just didn’t think it was anybody’s business.”
Rest in peace, Mr. Sendak. And now, let the wild rumpus start!