Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, RIP

May 08, 2012

We lost another legend this week, with the passing of Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak early this morning. He was 83. Sendak illustrated over 100 books and authored over 20 more, but it was his 1963 landmark illustrated book, Where the Wild Things Are, and his character Max, that made Sendak one of the most famed authors of children's literature ever.

Sendak's museum retrospective at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco in 2009, as well as Spike Jonze's adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are for the big screen in that same year, Sendak's legacy was rightfully strengthened over the past few years. He will be missed, but his greatest accomplishment will remain a staple in children's literature, as well as adult's memories, for years to come.