Maurice Sendak Revisited

Just this past month at PPL, we were fortunate to have been able to celebrate the life and works of the renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak when we hosted The Worlds of Maurice Sendak Exhibit. Today, upon his passing, we pay tribute to him again.

Sendak’s popular children’s books such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen were inspired by his typically American childhood growing up in New York City in the 1930s.  His books reveal his fascination with the people, sights and sounds and smells of the city during that era.  But he was also drawn to his family’s photographs of his ancestors and to the world of the shetl of the European Jews. This exhibit reveals the pull of the Old World in Sendak’s work and, his connection with the New World and how Sendak’s artistic journey has led him deeper into his family history and his Jewish identity.

New York Times article - May 8, 2012


LInk to the Sendak Collection at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

Sendak Bibliography

Works by Maurice Sendak - 1947 to present

American Master Biography



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