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Maurice Sendak—Author of Where the Wild Things Are— on Being a Kid

How does a child prevent dying or being eaten? Why can't a boy marry his sister? The post Maurice Sendak—Author of Where the Wild Things Are— on Being a Kid appeared first on The Good Men Project.

"I used to have a patchwork theory about the makers of children’s literature: that they were not so much people who spent a lot of time with kids as people who were still kids themselves."

"Among the evidence was that Beatrix Potter had no children, Maurice Sendak had no children, Margaret Wise Brown had no children, Tove Jansson had no children, and Dr. Seuss had no children. Even Willems began writing for children before he had a child. Show More Summary

Lawsuits Over, Maurice Sendak's Rare Book Collection Is Finally In Philly - Here's What's In It

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The great author-illustrator specified in his will that all of his 'rare edition books' go to the Rosenbach Museum and Library, part of the Free Library of Philadelphia. But the Sendak Foundation didn't want to part with them (especially the ones worth millions), and two years of messy court battles ensued. At the end of […]

Sleep Demons: Bill Hayes on REM, the Poetics of Yawns, and Maurice Sendak’s Cure for Insomnia

last monthHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Sleep acts... more like an emotion than a bodily function. As with desire, it resists pursuit. Sleep must come find you."

Children’s books for Christmas

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.

Maurice Sendak Estate And Rosenbach Museum Settle Lawsuit For Good

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

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.

Maurice Sendak’s Estate Wins Lawsuit Against Small Museum

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

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 […]

Personal Sendak drawings for auction at Swann Galleries

5 months agoArts : Artdaily

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

River Whyless Drop Beautifully Crafted Think Piece On ‘We All the Light’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

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

Rikki Ducornet's 'Brightfellow' is a sophisticated embodiment of children's imagination

“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...

How Great Visual Artists Have Staged Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’

7 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

From Marc Chagall through David Hockney, Maurice Sendak, and William Kentridge to Jun Kaneko.

Maurice Sendak’s Only Known Mural Gets A New Home

10 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“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.”

Fire Maurice Sendak Estate’s Executors, Demands Museum-Library

11 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“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 […]

Documenting Death

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; […]

See Judy Blume fangirl between Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak in throwback pic

There are three authors visible in this classic photo, but a connection to a fourth lurks behind the scenes.

Designing the Wild Things Plushes

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.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: A Sendak Museum

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 Kenny’s Window

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.

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