"Sleep acts... more like an emotion than a bodily function. As with desire, it resists pursuit. Sleep must come find you."
Maurice Sendak, no mean judge, observed that William Nicholson’s Clever Bill was ‘among the few perfect picture books for children’.… The post Children’s books for Christmas appeared first on The Spectator.
The two-year legal struggle over the late author's collection of rare books, fought between the Philadelphia institution where Sendak had kept those books and his archives and his executors, who wanted them back, is over at last.
Over the years, Sendak had deposited thousands of books and drawings at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. But Sendak never formally gave them to the Rosenbach, and after he died in 2012, his executors decided they wanted most of that collection back. So the Rosenbach sued the estate. Now the judge’s ruling has […]
Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak is best known for Where The Wild Things Are, the 1963 children?s book that became a global phenomenon. Several of his personal drawings never intended for publication will be available September 29 in an Illustration Art sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Show More Summary
If Karen O. hadn’t done such a bang up job with the soundtrack for the film Where the Wild Things Are, River Whyless surely would have been worthy contenders. Their sophomore album We All The Light brings to mind Maurice Sendak’s famous free-spirited wild rumpus from the triumphed children’s book. Show More Summary
“You cannot write for children — there’s no way,” Maurice Sendak told an interviewer in 1987. “They’re much too complicated.” Capturing the warp and woof of childhood, even in a vessel as elastic as literature, is no easy task. The best children’s books slip beneath the surreal surface of youth...
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“Painted originally in 1961 in the bedroom of New York City’s Chertoff children – Nina and Larry – and moved to the Rosenbach several years ago, the mural now promises to catch the eyes of borrowers at the … Free Library of Philadelphia’s new branch, opening soon at Broad and Morris Streets in South Philadelphia.”
“More than a year into the lawsuit it filed over Maurice Sendak’s will, the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia has asked a Connecticut judge to remove the executors of the author-illustrator’s estate. Motivated by ‘financial self-interest,’ Sendak’s executors have refused to carry out his wish to leave millions of dollars’ worth of books […]
“Maurice Sendak drew his partner Eugene after he died, as he had drawn his family members when they were dying. The moment is one he was compelled to capture, pin down, understand, see. Where many— maybe most—people look away, he wanted to render. He was very wrapped up in the goodbye, the flight, the loss; […]
There are three authors visible in this classic photo, but a connection to a fourth lurks behind the scenes.
Toy designer Mel Birnkrant designed the only toy tie-ins based on "Where the Wild Things" that Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) liked. In a new set of pages on his website, he tells the story of how he developed the designs, and how his 30-year friendship with Maurice Sendak grew out of that working relationship.
In his will, Maurice Sendak called for his home to become “a museum or similar facility,” but four years after his death there is no consensus plan.
On the lifelong pleasure of "having your child self intact and alive and something to be proud of."
Maria Popova writes about Kenny’s Window, Maurice Sendak’s “debut as a storyteller.” Our own Emily Collette Wilkinson reflected on Sendak’s vision upon his passing.
"A wish is halfway to wherever you want to go."
Check out Maurice Sendak’s illustrations of The Brothers Grimm fairy tales posted on Brain Pickings this April. The illustrations were published with Lore Segal’s translation of the stories in The Juniper Tree: And Other Tales from Grimm. Our own Emily Colette Wilkinson revisits Sendak’s stories as an adult.
From 16 November to 18 December Sotheby?s New York hosts Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak? a selling exhibition of drawings, watercolors, and set pieces by the beloved author. Sendak is best known for his 1963 creation Where The Wild Things Are, widely recognized as one of America?s most cherished children?s books. Show More Summary