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Maurice Sendak, Children’s Author, Dies at 83 – NYTimes.com

Children’s book author Maurice Sendak, who was beloved by adults as much as children, died at 83.

Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn.