Feb 4, 2013 — Maurice Sendak died last May but left behind a final book: a reflection on loss and love written in memory of his brother Jack. Sendak's longtime friend Tony Kushner describes the book's origins and Sendak's literary heroes.
Dec 25, 2012 — Few people today remember E.T.A. Hoffmann, but most everyone is familiar with his most famous creation: The Nutcracker. NPR's Robert Siegel traces the history of everyone's favorite Christmas ballet all the way back to its much darker original version.
May 9, 2012 — A baby is snatched away by goblins in Maurice Sendak's unsettling children's book, Outside Over There. Commentator Amanda Katz says she loved this book as a child, and only later understood why it made adults so uncomfortable.
May 8, 2012 — Wicked author Gregory Maguire considered Maurice Sendak, who died Tuesday at age 83, a personal mentor. He says Sendak's books were magical — "the more you look at them, the less you understand how they do what they do." Maguire talks about his memories of the Where the Wild Things Are author.
May 8, 2012 — "Children surviving childhood is my obsessive theme and my life's concern," Maurice Sendak told NPR in 1993. The author and illustrator — one of the most admired artists in children's literature — died Tuesday at the age of 83.
May 8, 2012 — Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died Tuesday. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers Sendak with excerpts from several interviews.
Dec 29, 2011 — His latest book Bumble-ardy is a deeply imaginative tale about an orphaned pig who longs for a birthday party. Sendak, who is 83, wrote and illustrated the book while caring for his longtime partner, who died of cancer in 2007. "I did Bumble-ardy to save myself," Sendak says. "I did not want to die with him."
Sep 20, 2011 — Bumble-ardy is a deeply imaginative tale about an orphaned pig who longs for a birthday party. Sendak, who is 83, wrote and illustrated the book while caring for his longtime partner, who died of cancer in 2007. "I did Bumble-ardy to save myself," Sendak says. "I did not want to die with him."
Sep 26, 2006 — Wild things usually lurk in Maurice Sendak's books, and his newest, Mummy?, is no exception. In Sendak's first pop-up book, a little boy encounters Frankenstein, the Mummy and other monsters as he searches for his mother. The acclaimed author and artist talks about why he creates worlds of danger for his young characters.
Jun 4, 2005 — The giant of children's literature talks with Jennifer Ludden about his craft and his early influences. His latest book is a re-illustration of a 1948 work by his mentor, Ruth Krauss, called Bears.