Maurice Sendak: How well do you know the ‘Wild Things’ author?


View Photo Gallery: Author of “Where the Wild Things Are” used children’s literature to address the psychological intensity of growing up.

Everyone knows Maurice Sendak’s books and illustrations. His characters connected with readers through the shared experience of growing up and stuck with them into adulthood.

How well do you know the late author who produced these works?

Test yourself with this quick quiz we pulled together with the highlights and facts from his life we found most interesting. Prove your Sendak knowledge or learn something new.

[Maurice Sendak dies at 83 | Career in photos | Video: Looking back]

Here’s an excerpt from our Maurice Sendak obituary:

An admitted obsession with “children and their survival” and the “humongous heroism of children” fueled a career of groundbreaking darkness in children’s literature. President Bill Clinton presented him with the National Medal of Arts in 1996, saying, “His books have helped children to explore and resolve their feelings of anger, boredom, fear, frustration and jealousy.”

Mr. Sendak’s illustrations were instantly recognizable, whether of a mischievous child in a wolf costume who tames minotaurs in a wild kingdom (from “Where the Wild Things Are”) or of plump, red-nosed pastry chefs who fold children into their cake batter (“In the Night Kitchen”). His pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors — with their echoes of William Blake and Henri Matisse, among others — became the subject of numerous exhibitions.

Read the rest of the obit: Maurice Sendak diest at 83

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