Maurice Sendak
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US author Maurice Sendak on drawing 'wild things'

Maurice Sendak, the US author of the best-selling children's book Where the Wild Things Are, has died aged 83.

His long-time editor, Michael di Capua, told The New York Times the author died in Danbury, Connecticut, after complications from a recent stroke.

He wrote some 17 books and was a prolific illustrator, but was best-known for his 1963 tale of Max, who became the "king of all wild things".

In footage filmed when Maurice Sendak was 55, he described his approach to drawing the characters in his famous work.

  • 08 May 2012