TODAY is the 50th Anniversary of the beloved classic Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. First published in 1963, it has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide.
The New York Times obituary for Maurice Sendak calls Where the Wild Things Are “simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making,” describing Sendak as being “…widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche.”
One of the most talked about interviews we’ve ever done was with Maurice Sendak in 2011 shortly before he died. Sendak reflects on love, loss, and celebrating life:
I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.
Tinha esse trabalho da pós para fazer, basicamente fazer um retrato de alguma personalidade em alto-contraste, preenchendo com alguma coisa inusitada.
Personalidade: queria alguém que eu admirasse. Neil Gaiman, sem duvidas.
Algo inusitado: oras, vou preencher com alguma coisa que ele escreveu! No caso, meu livro preferido: American Gods.
Had this pos-graduatin course’s job to make, basically to do a portrait of somebody notorious in high-contrast, filling it with something unexpected.
Somebody notorious: I wished it was someone I admired. Neil Gaiman, no doubt of it.
Something unexpected: well, I should fill it with something he wrote! In this case, my favorite book: American Gods.