Wednesday, May 09, 2012

'Where Wild Things Are' author Maurice Sendak dies early Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. at age 83

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Author Maurice Sendak, creator of the best-selling children's book "Where the Wild Things Are". AP Photo.

By: Samantha Critchell, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP).- Maurice Sendak didn't think of himself as a children's author, but as a writer who told the truth about childhood. "I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people," he explained to The Associated Press last fall. "And if you didn't paint them in little blue, pink and yellow, it's even more interesting." Sendak, who died early Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. at age 83, four days after suffering a stroke, revolutionized children's books and how we think about childhood simply by leaving in what so many writers before had excluded. His kids misbehaved and didn't regret it and in their dreams and nightmares fled to the most unimaginable places. Monstrous creatures were devised from his studio, but no more frightening than the grownups in his stories or the cloud of the Holocaust that ... More

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