Maurice Sendak

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Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928-May 8, 2012) was a [1] 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 talked about planning to assassinate President George W. Bush and his wife.[2]

Sendak was Sendak died on May 8, 2012 from a massive stroke, four years after publicly announced that he was a homosexual. He said that he hid this fact for fear of upsetting his parents.[3]

Sendak was Jewish.


  1. Appalachian Chronicles, May 9, 2012 Maurice Sendak: the author who changed children's literature
  3. New York Times, Sep 9, 2008, Concerns Beyond Just Where the Wild Things Are