Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of dozens of popular children’s books, most notably “Where the Wild Things Are,” died on Tuesday at the age of 83 at a hospital in Danbury, Conn., after suffering from a recent stroke.
His admitted obsession with “children and their survival” and the “humongous heroism of children” fueled a career that transformed children’s literature into a medium to address the psychological intensity of growing up.
“The Holocaust has run like a river of blood through all my books,” Sendak once said, explaining that as the child of Jewish immigrants from Poland, the Nazi death camps were never far from his mind.
“My burden is living for those who didn’t,” he told the Associated Press.
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