Maurice Sendak, Author of Where the Wild Things Are, Dies at 83

Author/illustrator Maurice Sendak standing by an life-size scene from his book "Where The Wild Things Are" at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. James Keyser/Time Life Pictures/Getty

Beloved children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died on Friday. He was 83.

Sendak's editor, Michael di Capua, told The New York Times he died of complications from a recent stroke.

The Brooklyn-born author was best known for his 1963 classic, Where the Wild Things Are, which he wrote and illustrated himself. The dark children's book was revolutionary for the genre and received the Caldecott Medal in 1964.

In 2009, Where the Wild Things Are was adapted into a hit movie by director Spike Jonze.

Sendak's other famous works include Outside Over There, In the Night Kitchen and The Nutshell Library. Sendak received the Hans Christian Anderson Award for children's illustration in 1970 and the National Book Award for Outside Over There in 1982, among many others.

He published a new book, Bumble-Ardy, in September of last year after a 30-year break. One of his final public appearances was a January TV interview with Stephen Colbert.

Sendak lived with longtime partner, psychoanalyst Eugene Glynn for 50 years, before Glynn passed away in 2007.

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