The international literary community was saddened to learn of the death of writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Sendak is best known for his seminal children's book Where the Wild Things Are (widely considered one of the most important works of the 20th century), among a great body of work.
Sendak grew up in a lower-class, Jewish family. (I can honestly say that until this day I did not know Sendak was gay. I mean, not that it matters to the work that he did; I’m just surprised I completely missed that aspect of his work while he was still alive.)
Sendak died yesterday morning from complications of a stroke.