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Maurice Sendak: Where the wild author is

The Story


Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the children's classic Where The Wild Things Are talks about his own fears, banned books, his harshest critics and a nightmare involving a pink bunny in this 1983 clip from youth program Anybody Home.

Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: May 7, 1983
Guest(s): Maurice Sendak
Host: Robert Hawkins
Interviewer: Jessica Porter
Duration: 12:32
Photo: © Nancy Crampton

Did You know?


• Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are has inspired a ballet, a children's opera, a musical, a play, a line of action figures and a live-action movie adaptation.

• Sendak is among the most distinguished American children's authors, as well as one of the more controversial. He is the only American winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, and Where The Wild Things Are won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964. He also appears on the American Library Association's list of authours whose work is most frequently challenged by interest groups.

• The most frequent challenge is leveled against his 1970 book In The Night Kitchen, which was banned in several U.S. states due to explicit drawings of the main character prancing in the nude. Some librarians reportedly used tape or white-out to censor the boy's genitals.


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