“Oh, please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!”

Illustration by Maurice Sendak for Where the Wild Things Are

(quote from Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are)

A week ago today, Maurice Sendak, one of the greatest children’s book writers and illustrators of the 20th century, passed away. Even if his name isn’t familiar, almost everyone is familiar with his book, Where the Wild Things Are. For many, Maurice Sendak’s books are both a staple of their childhood and adulthood. His work transcended the medium of children’s books: Several were made into plays, movies, even operas. Beyond that they have made a lasting impression on children and adults alike and inspired many children’s book writers and illustrators.

Maurice Sendak will be missed by many both in the world of children’s literature and by those who simply need to calm their own Wild Things.

Illustration by Maurice Sendak for In the Night Kitchen
 

For more about Maurice Sendak, or to read some of his books, check out our collection here at the Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology:

Cech, John. Angels and Wild Things : The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak. University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.
5th fl. — Main Stacks PS3569.E6 Z64 1995

Kushner, Tony. The art of Maurice Sendak : 1980 to the present. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
4th fl. — Art Reference NC975.5 .S44 K87 2003

Lanes, Selma G. The art of Maurice Sendak. New York: Abrams, 1980.
4th fl. — Art Reference NC975.5.S44 L36

Sendak, Maurice. Caldecott & Co.: Notes on Books & Pictures. New York:Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.
5th fl. — Main Stacks PS3569.E6 A16 1988

Sendak, Maurice. Outside over there. New York: Harper & Row, 1981.
5th fl. — Main Stacks PZ7.S47 Ou

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
5th fl. — Main Stacks PZ7.S47 Wh 1991

(This is just a sample of what the library has. For more, search Sendak in our Library catalog)

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