Maurice Sendak

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Birth Name: Maurice Sendak
Born: 06/10/1928
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Death Place: Danbury, Connecticut, USA
Died: 05/08/2012

Born June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, Maurice Bernard Sendak was the child of Polish Jewish immigrant parents, Sarah and Philip. Not surprisingly, the specter of the Holocaust hung over him from birth, with many of his extended family members having perished. Highly imaginative and aware of the concept of mortality from a young age, Sendak grew up fascinated by all things grotesque. The artistry of Walt Disney's "Fantasia" (1940) convinced him at 12 years old to pursue illustration as a career, and he would use his artistic eye to create F.A.O. Schwarz window displays before earning his first professional credit illustrating the 1947 textbook Atomics for the Millions. in 1948, he met Ur... Continue Bio >>



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