Maurice Sendak, 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, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83 and lived in Ridgefield, Conn. The cause was complications from a recent stroke, said Michael di Capua, his longtime editor.
the book first came out, parents and reviewers criticized the scary
images. Now they are a beloved addition to many family's libraries. A
movie was made about the book a few years ago, although it did not
achieve great recognition.
you're an author, what one book will you most be remembered for? What
is it you'd like to be remembered the most for? My father-in-law's
funeral was this past weekend, so I'm especially feeling introspective
lately. Our time on this earth isn't very long, and of course, none of
us knows how much time we have left. What things are most important to
you in life? Family? Relationships? Career? Legacy? Stuff?
we attended the funeral of my husband's sweet father, the family went
to the Huntington Library to take pictures and see beautiful artwork and
gardens to bring peace to our hearts. The Huntingtons left a wonderful
legacy of artwork to share with the world.
of us would readily say that we'd love to leave the world a better
place by having been in it. The question is "How?" Find what you're
passionate about and bring about good in that realm. Share. Give.
books I love to read the most are the ones that aren't purely for
entertainment, but ones that leave me truly feeling enriched, inspired,
and motivated to do and be better myself. I try to write those kinds
of books too.
What can you do today to leave your stamp on the world and make it a better place?