The Art of Maurice Sendak : 1980 to Present v. 1, Hardback Book

The Art of Maurice Sendak : 1980 to Present v. 1 Hardback

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A book which contains many images of the well-known author/illustrator in the United States, Maurice Sendak.

He is perhaps best known as the man who encouraged timid children (and parents) to venture "Where the Wild Things Are", who revealed what goes on "In the Night Kitchen" and who proclaimed the unsung virtues of "Chicken Soup with Rice".

This book contains early sketches, ideas that were never developed and penned fantasies created while listening to music.

There is also an accompanying personal account of the artist's life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 278 pages, 94 colour illustrations, 167 b&w illustrations, index
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Drawing & drawings
  • ISBN: 9780810980631



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Here is a big, coffee-table-size book, with breath-taking illustrations that are full- and double-page, and even some 4-page fold outs that anyone can enjoy thumbing through. And it is especially fascinating to fans of Maurice Sendak's illustrated works. His life and his unique world of imagination are explored in affectionate and minute detail. A chronology of his books is included, starting in 1947 and ending in 1981. The book was first published in 1980, and my copy was reissued in 1993. The book also contains a comprehensive index.

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Just stunning. The biographical information is nice (even with the occasional psychoanalyzing), but the art alone -- including preliminary sketches and full-color reproductions -- is worth five stars all by itself.

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