Maurice Sendak, the literary wizard behind some of the world’s best-loved contemporary children’s books including Higglety, Pigglety, Pop!, Outside Over There and, most famously, Where The Wild Things Are, has passed away at the age of 83.
Sendak has a special place in the heart of Philadelphia; the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Rittenhouse Square is the major repository for his illustrations and manuscripts
The Rosenbach’s relationship with Sendak dates back to 1966 and the museum currently houses more than 10,000 Sendak objects, including original drawings, preliminary sketches, manuscript materials, photographs, proofs and rare prints of Sendak books. The museum celebrates the author each year with a “Sendak in Spring” Festival.
Selections from the collection are always on view in the Maurice Sendak Gallery, so be sure to visit to pay your respects.
It’s wonderful to know that Sendak’s legend will live on right here in Philadelphia. Rest in peace.
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