Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Polish-Jewish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Sendak also wrote works such as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and illustrated many works by other authors including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.
|Born||Maurice Bernard Sendak, June 10, 1928, Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Died||May 08, 2012, Danbury, Connecticut, United States|
|Occupation||Artist, illustrator, writer|
|Alma mater||Art Students League of New York|
|Genre||Children's literature, picture books|
|Notable works||Kenny's Window, Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Seven Little Monsters, Outside Over There|
|Partner||Eugene Glynn (1957–2007, Glynn's death)|
|Relatives||Philip Sendak (father), Sadie Schindler (mother), Jack Sendak (older brother), Natalie Sendak (sister)|
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|IMDb||Maurice Sendak's IMDb|
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Popular children's author and illustrator who is best known for the classic book, Where the Wild Things Are. His numerous literary honors include the Caldecott Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
As a boy, he decided to become an illustrator after watching Disney's Fantasia. He later studied at the Art Students League of New York.
Where the Wild Things Are was originally called Where the Wild Horses Are; however, Sendak changed his title after discovering that he was not adept at drawing horses.
He was born in New York City to Sadie Schindler Sendak and Philip Sendak, Jewish immigrants whose extended families were later killed in the Holocaust. He lived with life-partner, Dr. Eugene Glynn, for fifty years.
His popular book, Where the Wild Things Are, was adapted into a film starring Forest Whitaker.
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Latest information about Maurice Sendak updated on June 14 2021.