The literary world lost an icon today. Maurice Sendak, one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time has died at the age of 83. Condolences and memories are flooding the Internet, and children young and old are talking about Where the Wild Things Are. Here are some of the best Sendak tribute content we’ve found:
Among our favorites, Shaun Usher from Letters of Note has been posting classic notes, postcards, and interview transcripts on his Twitter feed @LettersOfNote, like this hand-drawn Sendak postcard, and this gem from an interview with Terry Gross, in which Sendak describes one of his favorite fan letters of all time:
Terry Gross: Can you share some of your favorite comments from readers that you’ve gotten over the years?
Maurice Sendak: Oh, there’s so many. Can I give you just one that I really like? It was from a little boy. He sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a postcard and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim, I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
Here are a few other great Sendak articles and videos from today:
- The New York Times: Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83.
- The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert: Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1 [VIDEO].
- Vanity Fair (2011): V.F. Portrait: Maurice Sendak by David Eggers
- Farlane.blog: Sendak, on Death and Live [VIDEO]
- Big Think: The Hidden Adult Themes of “Where the Wild Things Are”
For further reading, the illustrated biography, Maurice Sendak by Charlotte Guillain introduces students to Sendak’s simple text structures and clear images to help readers learn about this amazing writer.
Do you have any favorite memories of reading Sendak’s books? Any other Sendak resources to share today? In closing, this wild rumpus tribute.