May 8, 2012
'Where The Wild Things Are' author Maurice Sendak dies aged 83
Celebrated author had recently suffered a stroke
Maurice Sendak, the man behind celebrated children's story Where The Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83. The author and illustrator passed away in Danbury, Connecticut after suffering complications from a recent stroke, according to the New York Times.
In all, Sendak penned 17 books but was best known for his 1963 story Where The Wild Things Are, which followed the tale of a young boy who becomes "the king of all wild things". Although considered controversial at the time of its publication, the book went on to win a prestigious Caldecott Medal for best children's book in 1964.
The book was adapted into a 2009 Hollywood film by director Spike Jonze. Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O wrote the soundtrack to the film, which also featured contributions from her bandmates Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, along with Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, The Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence and The Dead Weather's Dean Fertita.
There have also been a number of other adaptations, including a 1973 animation and an opera in 1980.
Sendak was born in 1928 to Jewish-Polish immigrant parents and has said the events of the Second World War informed his artistic style. He was awarded a National Medial of the Arts by then US president Bill Clinton in 1996 in recognition of his vast portfolio of work.
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