Sendak, Maurice

In-person signature of the celebrated children's book author-illustrator

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(1928-2012) Jewish-American illustrator and writer of children's books, became widely known for his book 1963 book, "Where the Wild things Are". Sendak also wrote works such as "In The Night Kitchen", "Outside Over There", and illustrated many works by other authors. He described his childhood as a "terrible situation" due to the death of extended family members in the Holocaust, which exposed him at a young age to the concept of mortality. His love of books began when, as a child, he developed health problems and was confined to his bed. He decided to become an illustrator after watching Disey's "Fantasia" at age 12. His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook, "Atomics for the Millions", and spent much of the 1950s illustrating children's books written by others before writing his own stories. Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating "Where The Wild Things Are" for Harper & Row. It features Max, a boy who "rages against his mother for being sent to bed without any supper". The book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first published, as his characters were somewhat grotesque in appearance. When Sendak saw a manuscript of "Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories", the first children's book by Isaac Bashevis Singeron the desk of an editor at Harper & Row, he offered to illustrate the book. It was published in 1966 and received a Newberry Honor. His 1970 book "In the Night Kitchen" with drawings of a young boy prancing naked through the story, regularly appears on the American Library Association's list of "frequently challenged and banned books". Sendak produced an animated tv production based on his work titled "Really Rosie", featuring the voice of Carole King, broadcast in 1975. He adapted "Where the Wild Things Are" for the stage in 1979. Additionally, he designed sets for many operas and ballets, In the 1990s, Sendak approached playwright Tony Kushner to write a new English version of Czech composer Hans Krasna's children's Holocaust opera, "Brundibar". Kushner wrote the text for Sendak's 2003 illustrated book, adapted for theater productions. At his death, The New York Times obituary called him "the most important children's book artist of the 20th century." His final book, "Bumble-Ardy", was published 8 months before his death. Blue-green 3 1/2 x 5 autograph album page signed by Sendak. With Time Magazine obit with color portrait.

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph album page






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