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    Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    I just heard this on the news. I know he had many fans here:

    DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Maurice Sendak, the children’s book author and illustrator who saw the sometimes-dark side of childhood in books such as “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen,” died early Tuesday. He was 83.

    Longtime friend and caretaker Lynn Caponera said she was with Mr. Sendak when he died at a hospital in Danbury. She said he had suffered a stroke on Friday.

    “Where the Wild Things Are” earned Mr. Sendak a prestigious Caldecott Medal for the best children’s book of 1964 and became a hit movie in 2009. President Bill Clinton awarded Mr. Sendak a National Medal of the Arts in 1996 for his vast portfolio of work.
    Maurice Sendak: Author of 'Where the Wild Things Are' dies at 83 - Washington Times

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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    Unique, clever - one of the "good guys." Thanks and RIP, Maurice.


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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    Let the wild rumpus start!

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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    Oh, I just loved this man! I have a print of 'Where the Wild Things Are' in my office. I will always be in his debt.

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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    His "Nutshell Library" is a set of four mini books, and for little kids, the silly nonsense in it also hid that they were learning the names of the months in Chicken Soup and Rice, learning about the alphabet in Alligators All Around, learning numbers in One was Johnny, and a sense of caring in Pierre.

    Elsewhere, his creative genius manifests itself in the cartoon series Little Bear.

    I think Maurice Sendak brought imagination and joy to many children and adults alike. It is a sad day that his pen is now downed forever.


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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    This was in my e-mailbox. I guess he drew more than childrens' books!

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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    IN MEMORIAM

    And he sailed off through night and day
    and in and out of weeks
    and almost over a year
    to where the wild things are.

    Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, 1964

    MAY HE REST THERE....

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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    Very sad indeed - he was one of the greats. He hated formulaic letters that well-meaning teachers sometimes made their students write to him, but he loved genuine spontaneous letters. An 8 year old boy once wrote to him asking how much it would cost to travel to the land of the wild things, because he wanted to spend his summer holiday there.

    Did you know that Sendak was gay? His partner for over 50 years, Eugene Glynn, a psychoanalyst, died in 2007. See for example the wikipedia article on him.

    RIP, Mr Sendak.

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    Sad news. I loved watching Little Bear. Whenever it would play while I would surf through the channels, I'd watch that over Jersey housewives
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    ^Oh, I love "Little Bear!" I'm way too old to really like it, but I love it!

    RIP Mr. Sendak
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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    Mr. Sendak was definitely one of my favorite children's book authors. I loved Little Bear.

    I did not know he was gay, or that he had a partner for fifty years.

    RIP

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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    The man gave a lot to make childhood magical and exciting for millions when he himself described that his childhood was terrible. RIP

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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    As an educator who loved to read Mr. Sendak's literary works to my classes, it saddens me to hear of his passing.

    And I was also a huge fan of his books too!

    He was a class act as a children's author...100% class!


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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    As a former librarian I can't help but think of the elementary librarians who I knew that spent time drawing diapers on the little boy "In the Night Kitchen." When Sendak was told of this he was allegedly reputed to have asked to have one of those books sent to him. Don't know if it ever happened.
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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    Quote Originally Posted by palbert View Post
    IN MEMORIAM

    And he sailed off through night and day
    and in and out of weeks
    and almost over a year
    to where the wild things are.

    Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, 1964

    MAY HE REST THERE....
    Thanks for this post. Imagine how much joy he brought to an untold number of children! (and the young-at-heart)

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    Thank you, Mr. Sendak, for sharing your world.

    Thank you for growing my imagination.

    Thank you for helping fund other creative writers.

    Thank you for your intelligent interviews.

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    Re: Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) - Dead at 83

    Found this on reddit just now:


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    ^ that is beyond sweet, RIP

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