Today Maurice Sendak, award winning children's book author, died at 83 due to complications from a stroke. Here are some things you should know about him.
- He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1928.
- Many of Sendak's relatives died in the Holocaust, which he said had a large influence on his childhood.
- Sendak's books are not only known for their acclaim but how frequently they were banned and censored.
- Sendak was gay and lived with his partner Eugene Glynn for most of his adult life, but he never came out to his parents.
- He began his career as an illustrator in the 1940s by creating pictures for a physics textbook.
- He won the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for Where the Wild Things Are.
- Kenny's Window, published in 1956, was the first book he both wrote and drew the pictures for.
- His most recent children's book titled Bumble-Ardy was published in September 2011.
- Sendak won many awards for writing and illustrating over his long career, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and the National Medal of the Arts.
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NY Times