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Author and artist Maurice Sendak, who was best known for his iconic and controversialÂ childrenâ€™sÂ 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 childrenâ€™s book artist of the 20th century, Sendak was stillÂ causingÂ a ruckus well into his eighties.
Roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendakâ€™s 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 â€śWhere the Wild Things Are,â€ť 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 â€śIn the Night Kitchenâ€ť (1970) and â€śOutside Over Thereâ€ť (1981), which together with â€śWhere the Wild Things Areâ€ť form a trilogy; â€śThe Sign on Rosieâ€™s Doorâ€ť (1960); â€śHigglety Pigglety Pop!â€ť (1967); and â€śThe Nutshell Libraryâ€ť (1962), a boxed set of four tiny volumes comprising â€śAlligators All Around,â€ť â€śChicken Soup With Rice,â€ť â€śOne Was Johnnyâ€ť and â€śPierre.â€ť
A full obituaryÂ will follow on LambdaLiterary.org shortly.