Maurice Sendak

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Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an author from Brooklyn best known for writing Where the Wild Things Are (1963), acclaimed as an outstanding book for young children.

He acquired some notoriety for a later book, In the Night Kitchen (1970), an illustrated children's story which showed a nude boy's penis and flowing milk.

In his later years, Sendak drew attention to himself via vile remarks during interviews. He for instance mentioned fantasizing about assassinating President George W. Bush and his wife.[1]

Sendak died on May 8, 2012, from a massive stroke, four years after publicly announcing that he was a homosexual. He said that he hid this fact for fear of upsetting his parents.[2]

Sendak was Jewish.


  2. New York Times, Sep 9, 2008, Concerns Beyond Just Where the Wild Things Are