Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!

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Maurice Sendak, author of dearly loved children’s books like Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, would have turned 85 today.

Celebrate his unrestrained imagination and (sometimes not-so-subtle) iconoclasm by revisiting his interview with The Believer or his unforgettable chat with Stephen Colbert not long before his death.

Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to Sendak as well!


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →