Maurice Sendak, aged 83, has recently passed away from stroke related complications. The writer and illustrator of the most popular children’s books of all-time rose to prominence in 1963 with “Where the Wild Things Are”, which was made into a movie on a later date in 2009.
Sendak’s reputation as someone with frank opinions and a dark sense of humor was often shown within his work, featuring angry, rebellious young children. He made headlines in January during an appearance on The Colbert Report where he stated,
“I don’t write for children. I like them as few and far between as I do adults.”
In 2007, his partner of 50 years Eugene Glynn, a psychiatrist, died of lung cancer. Sendak donated $1 million to the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services to memorialize Glynn, who had treated young people there.
We hope he is happier now being at the side of his loved ones.
May he rest in peace.