Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak, an award-winning author-illustrator best known for children's picture books, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012.  The cause was complications due to a stroke.  He was 83.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 10, 1928, Sendak grew up sickly; his talent for drawing was developed in part because drawing helped him pass time while confined to his bed.  Before becoming an illustrator, Sendak was a window decorator for toy retailer F.A.O. Schwartz.  Through their children's book buyer, he was introduced to Ursula Nordstrom, the children's book editor at publisher Harper & Row.  That collaboration led Sendak to work as a commissioned illustrator and, later, an author of children's books himself.

Mr. Sendak's next work, "My Brother's Book", is scheduled to be published in February, 2013.

Our collection of works written or illustrated by Maurice Sendak

For more information, check out:
NY Times Obituary
"Maurice Sendak wanted children to grow up a bit" (NYT , 5/9/2012)
HarperCollins' Author Page for Sendak

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