goodbye to a wild thing

"In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy…There's a cruelty to childhood, there's an anger. And I did not want to reduce Max to the trite image of the good little boy that you find in too many books."
–Maurice Sendak

Thought I would share a little bio info on Sendak:
The Forest that grew in Max's Room,
Where the Wild Things Are
  • Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in NYC. Growing up in Brooklyn, the son of Polish immigrant parents, he was sickly, spending much time indoors left to drawing and reading
  • Got a part-time job at at All-American Comics while still in high school
  • At the age of 20 (1948),he began working for F.A.O. Schwartz
  • Attended New York Art Students League
  • While working at F.A.O. Schwartz, Sendak met legendary children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom who helped him  get his first illustrating job. his first job illustrating children's books. He left F.A.O. Schwartz to become a full-time freelance children’s book illustrator
  • Won a Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are in 1963. The story has been translated into 15 languages and has sold more than 2 million copies around the world.
  • In the 1970s Sendak continued to write and illustrate, but also began producing and designing for plays and opera, including: Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Prokofiev’s “Love for Three Oranges,” “Where the Wild Things Are” (opera) and “The Nutcracker”
  • Sendak died on May 8, 2012, at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, days after suffering a stroke.
Where the Wild Things Are
Info from:BIO and PBS
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