May 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm EST | by Phil Reese
‘Wild Things’ author Sendak dies at 83

'Wild Things' one of the most popular childrens' book of all time. (Photo by Scott Woods-Fehr via Wikimedia)

DANBURY, Conn. — The gay author and illustrator of one of the most cherished children’s books of all time, Maurice Sendak, passed away on Tuesday at 83, according to the New York Times.

His best known creation, ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ a book that captured the imaginations of two generations of children, was recently made into a full-length live action feature, and received children’s literature’s highest honor, the Caldecott Award.

Sendak came out to the New York Times in 2008 after his partner of 50 years died in 2007. At the time, he told the paper that he wrote the book ‘Bumble-ardy’ while his partner was dying in order to “save” himself.


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