In this lovely animated short from Blank on Blank – who have previously given us David Foster Wallace on ambition and perfectionism – beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak, born on June 10, 1928, reflects on being a kid and the lifelong grip of anxiety.
Pair with this beautiful letter to Sendak from his legendary editor, the great Ursula Nordstrom, and his posthumous love letter to the world.
Legendary children’s book editor Ursula Nordstrom sends a heart-warming letter of reassurance to young Maurice Sendak.
How legendary editor Ursula Nordstrom cultivated the genius of Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 — May 8, 2012) – an infinitely heartening letter to young Sendak, 1961.
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.