maurice sendak dies at 83
maurice sendak dies at 83 maurice sendak dies at 83
may 08, 2012

maurice sendak dies at 83

maurice sendak in 1985 image courtesy AP/file

maurice sendak, author and illustrator of some of the most celebrated childhood tales of the 20th century such as ‘where the wild things are’, ‘chicken soup with rice’, or ‘in the night kitchen’ has died at the age of 83 in danbury, connecticut due to complications from a recent stroke.

sendak’s band of characters were often comprised of imperfect figures in both description and their sketched forms. these bittersweet figures allowed for a depth to the authors stories that children’s literature had not seen to this point, making his work all more more celebrated by the greater public. maurice sendak’s imaginative works have earned a place as some of the most powerful and pervasive tales of his time. the acclaimed author had won numerous awards for his work including the caldecott medal, the hans christian andersen medal, laura ingalls wilder medal, and national medal of the arts from US president bill clinton.

the cover of maurice sendak’s ‘where the wild things are’, 1963 image via

a still from his animated film ‘really rosie’ with music by carole king, 1975 image via

a storyboard sketch for the ‘alligators all around’ number from his animated film ‘really rosie’, 1975 image via

left: a sketch for ‘a very special house’, written by ruth krauss, 1953. image via right: one final watercolor, pencil and pen piece for ‘brundibar’, written by tony kushner, 2002. image via

‘tateshotes: maurice sendak’ by tate

‘sendak on death (and life)’ from ‘tell them anything you want: a portrait of maurice sendak‘ a documentary by spike jonze and lance bangs uploaded by N222011


    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    491,179 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample