The cover of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, which has sold over 17m copies since it was published in 1963 Photograph: HarperCollins/AP

In an interview with the Guardian last year, Sendak said that the term “children’s illustrator” annoyed him, since it seems to belittle his talent. “I have to accept my role. I will never kill myself like Vincent van Gogh. Nor will I paint beautiful water lilies like Monet. I can’t do that. I’m in the idiot role of being a kiddie book person,” he said.

Maurice Sendak, American born author of Where the Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83.


“This is how Maurice Sendak sometimes sent his letters. Just imagine getting one.” (via Letters Of Note)