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Children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak dies at 83

  • Maurice Sendak, the American author and illustrator of best-selling children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83.

    Sendak passed away in Danbury, Connecticut after complications from a recent stroke.

    He wrote and illustrated around 17 books but was world-renowned for his 1963 story of Max, the boy who became the “the king of all wild things”.

    The book, which has sold more than 19 million copies across the world, was considered controversial for its supposedly frightening images when it was first published. 

    Sendak was born in 1928 and raised in Brooklyn. He wrote his first book in 1957.