Una Mullally

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Death of a Wild Thing

Maurice Sendak has died aged 83. For most people, Sendak will always mean ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, one of the best children’s books ever (although Sendak says he never set out to write a children’s book), laden with mystery, …

Tue, May 8, 2012, 16:13

   

Maurice Sendak has died aged 83. For most people, Sendak will always mean ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, one of the best children’s books ever (although Sendak says he never set out to write a children’s book), laden with mystery, darkness, joy, and a perfect snapshot of the escapism and surrealism of childhood.

A few years ago, I caught There’s A Mystery There: Sendak On Sendak, a major retrospective of his work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and while the story of ’Where The Wild Things Are’ is something that still sticks, his catalogue of work speaks of Sendak being first and foremost an artist, an illustrator, and a brilliant one at that.

Letters Of Note (which, incidentally is publishing a book of the most notable letters this November) tweeted this letter that Sendak sent once upon a time. Instant postal magic.

Via Twitpic

Late last year Sendak gave a brilliantly frank and endearingly grumpy interview to TateShots, where he ridiculed those who asked him to write a ‘Wild Things 2′ and riffed on his love for William Blake.

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