Maurice Sendak

American illustrator and writer of children's books

1928   -   2012

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Art Students League of New York, Lafayette High School
occupation: graphic designer, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, artist, painter, children's writer, screenwriter
award received: Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, National Medal of Arts, Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration, Library of Congress Living Legend, Children's Literature Legacy Award, Caldecott Medal, honorary Royal Designer for Industry
influenced by: Emily Dickinson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Herman Melville, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Francisco de Goya, Walt Disney

Maurice Bernard Sendak (; June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Polish-Jewish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Sendak also wrote works such as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and illustrated many works by other authors including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.
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