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Maurice Sendak, Author and Spike Jonze Muse, Dead at 83

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | feelingsoblahg.blogspot.com May 8, 2012 at 9:32AM

As he reminded us on "The Colbert Report" earlier this year, he was not a "children's book author"; he was an author, period.
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Maurice Sendak in "Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak"

As he reminded us on "The Colbert Report" earlier this year, he was not a "children's book author"; he was an author, period. 

It's with great sadness, then, that we report that author and illustrator Maurice Sendak has passed away at 83 (NYT obit).  Sendak, who was a storytelling inspiration for generations, especially filmmakers, is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are."  He is also the author of "In the Night Kitchen" and "Seven Little Monsters."

Sendak had a resurgence of popularity in 2009, when Spike Jonze directed a David Eggers adaptation of "Where the Wild Things Are."  That same year, Jonze and music video director Lance Bangs directed the featurette "Tell Them Anything You Want:  A Portrait of Maurice Sendak" (screened on HBO, released on DVD by Oscilloscope Laboratories). 

The New York Times posted a clip of the featurette on its website at the time of its release (embedding for the video is disabled).

This article is related to: Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are, Obituaries