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

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Maurice Sendak, author, illustrator, and all-around mensch, has passed away. He was 83.

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Sendak won about every award a children's book author can win, from Caldecott Medal to the National Medal of Arts.

The New York Times is reporting that Sendak died of complications from a recent stroke in his home in Connecticut. He had lived with his partner, Eugene Glynn, for 50 years before Glynn passed away in 2007.

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[New York Times]

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"Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, "Dear Jim: I loved your card." Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, "Jim loved your card so much he ate it." That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."

― Maurice Sendak, rest in peace

(stolen from the interwebs, accuracy unclear, sentiment perfect)