Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today after complications from a recent stroke. He was 83. From The New York Times:

Roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendak’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 “Where the Wild Things Are,” which was simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making when it was published by Harper & Row in 1963.

If you missed his brilliant interview with Stephen Colbert (“Grim Colberty Tales With Maurice Sendak”), here’s Part 1 and Part 2.


Previously: The Hobbit: As Illustrated By Maurice Sendak