Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are author, dead at 83

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

Sad news—Maurice Sendak, author of the beloved children's picture book Where the Wild Things Are, has passed away at the age of 83. He died of complications related to a recent stroke.

Sendak's somewhat controversial book, about a young boy Max who explores a mysterious world of fearsome monsters, has been a cult classic since its publication in 1963. It recently popped back into the public consciousness with a critically acclaimed live-action film in 2009, bringing Max and the wild world of the Wild Things to the big screen.

In 1964, Where The Wild Things Are was awarded the Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association, arguably the most prestigious award available for a children's book.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak also penned and illustrated numerous other children's books, with the most recent coming out just last year. He never lost his edge, as that last book—Bumble-Ardy—followed the story of a young pig whose parents are eaten, so he decides to throw himself a wild birthday party.

Sendak actually has one final project, My Brother's Book, set to be published posthumously early next year.

R.I.P. Mr. Sendak.

(Via The New York Times)

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