We lost the great Maurice Sendak, creator of Where the Wild Things Are, on May 8, 2012 – these are his little-known and lovely vintage Velveteen Rabbit illustrations circa 1960.
In an essay about Maurice Sendak’s bittersweet posthumous farewell to the world, NYT’s Stephen Greenblatt considers the similarities between Sendak and Shakespeare.
My Brother’s Work – fifty years after Where the Wild Things Are and a year after his death, Maurice Sendak’s tender and bittersweet farewell to the world, wrapped in a love letter to the departed.
This scene from the 1914 film Land of the Headhunters by Edward S. Curtis may have inspired Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak’s unreleased early sketches certainly bear a resemblance.
An entry into the Blown Covers weekly cover contest, themed “The Gays,” by writer and illustrator Ella German. The cover addresses the recent historic moment for marriage equality, also referencing Maurice Sendak, who had passed away the previous week. Though far from a gay rights activist, Sendak lived as an openly gay man with his partner of half a century. The two never had the opportunity to marry.
Maurice Sendak’s preliminary sketches for Where The Wild Things Are. Also see his unreleased drawings.
Grim Colberty Tales – Maurice Sendak, wryly witty as ever, in his final interview, with none other than Stephen Colbert.
Playwright Tony Kushner on beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak, who passed away this week at the age of 83.
COLBERT: What’s the best thing a parent can do for a child?
SENDAK: Love him, or her.
COLBERT: What does that mean?
SENDAK: Take them for what they are.
Uncensored outtakes from the instant classic Colbert/Sendak conversation, Maurice Sendak’s final TV appearance and last formal interview.
Maurice Sendak teaches Stephen Colbert how to draw a pole. Sendak’s drawing (left), true to his signature wit, depicts a Polish woman holding a pole.