Maurice Sendak (New York Times, May 8, 2012). Widely considered one of the most important and controversial children book artist and author of the 20th century has died. Maurice Sendak (83) died Tuesday, May 8, as reported by The New York Times, due to complications from a recent stroke.
Author of Where the Wild Things Are, a 1963 book about a young boy, Max, who makes mischief in and around his home while wearing a wolf costume, was sent to his room where he imagined a world filled with creatures, “Wild Things.” The book was later adapted into a film directed by Spike Jonze and starred Max Records as the rambunctious Max from the storybook. Sendak’s books weren’t always a favorite of some critics and subjected to censorship–the images feature in “Wild Things” (horrible monsters), and the nude young hero of Night Kitchen. Sendak argued that children are not immune to the realities of horrors and death; nor are they immune to confusion and loneliness.
Sendak was also the focus of a documentary Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak by Lance Bangs, American filmmaker and documentarian. The “Portrait” film was distributed by the late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, and Oscilloscope Laboratories.