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Author and artist Maurice Sendak, who was best known for his iconic and controversialÂ childrenâsÂ bookÂ Where the Wild Things Are,Â published in 1963, died on TuesdayÂ inÂ Danbury, Conn. He was 83Â and lived in Ridgefield, Conn.
The cause was complications from a recent stroke,Â accordingÂ to Michael di Capua, his longtime editor. Considered the most important childrenâs book artist of the 20th century, Sendak was stillÂ causingÂ a ruckus well into his eighties.
Roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendakâs books were essential ingredients of childhood for the generation born after 1960 or thereabouts, and in turn for their children. He was known in particular for more than a dozen picture books he wrote and illustrated himself, most famously âWhere the Wild Things Are,â which was simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making when it was published by Harper & Row in 1963.
Among the other titles he wrote and illustrated, all from Harper & Row, are âIn the Night Kitchenâ (1970) and âOutside Over Thereâ (1981), which together with âWhere the Wild Things Areâ form a trilogy; âThe Sign on Rosieâs Doorâ (1960); âHigglety Pigglety Pop!â (1967); and âThe Nutshell Libraryâ (1962), a boxed set of four tiny volumes comprising âAlligators All Around,â âChicken Soup With Rice,â âOne Was Johnnyâ and âPierre.â
A full obituaryÂ will follow on LambdaLiterary.org shortly.