Maurice Sendak (1928Ã¢ÂÂ2012) stands out as one of the most respected, influential authors of the twentieth century. Though primarily known as a childrenÃ¢ÂÂs book writer and illustrator, he did not limit himself to these areas. He saw himself first and foremost as an artist. In this collection of interviewsÃ¢ÂÂthe first of its kindÃ¢ÂÂSendak presents himself as a writer, illustrator, set designer, and librettist. From his early work with Randall Jarrell and Ruth Krauss through his later work with Tony Kushner and Spike Jonze, Sendak worked as a collaborator with a passion for the arts.
The interviews here, many of which are hard to find or previously unpublished, span from 1966 through 2011. They show not only SendakÃ¢ÂÂs shifting artistic interests, but also changes in how he understood himself and his craft. What emerges is a portrait of an author and an artist who was alternately solemn and playful, congenial and irascible, sophisticated and populist. The man who showed millions of children and adults alike whatÃ¢ÂÂs cooking in the night kitchen and where the wild things are, Sendak remains an American original who redefined the picture book and changed childrenÃ¢ÂÂs literatureÃ¢ÂÂand its readersÃ¢ÂÂforever.
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