Maurice Sendak Departs

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

[But] Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.

[He] stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye, and sailed back over a year, and in and out of weeks, and through a day and into the night of his very own room, where he found his supper waiting for him.

And it was still hot.

For all of those hours of singular pleasure spent with entranced sleepyheads, binkies, fevers, pillow-tossing wild rumpuses of giddy joy, thank you. And farewell.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Manny

    That was my favorite book from childhood. I just happened to have read it to my son the other day. It was not the first time we read it, but we periodically go back to it. I’m debating whether I should break the news to him tonight. He’s only two and a half and has no concept of death. Actually I don’t think he’s got a concept of authorship yet either. May Sendak rest in peace.

  • LanceThruster

    Sendak had a Colbert connection too. I’m surprised he was not too risque for the pious.

  • Fiestamom

    I remember checking this book out from a Bookmobile! I was 5. Do they even have the Bookmobile anymore? What a wonderful book.

  • Elizabeth K.

    I love that book, and I love what Sendak contributed to children’s literature in the making of it.

    (Risque like Evelyn Waugh, or maybe, um, Shakespeare? LOL. Sorry, I love Sendak, but he’s got nothing on all the great Catholic writers out there when it comes to bawdiness and/or understanding of the “wild things” in us all. But thanks for turning a tribute to a beloved writer into an occasion for yet another misfired. . .whatever that was supposed to be. . .)

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    May God bless Maurice Sendak, and bring him into His presence.

  • Susan Lee

    I read an interview with Mr Sendak about a year ago, and pulled one of his quotes for my Commonplace Book;

    “I can’t believe I’ve turned into a typical old man. I can’t believe it! I was young just minutes ago!”

    God Bless Maurice Sendak, maker of happiness for so many of us.

    Susan Lee

  • LanceThruster

    Eliz K. — Sendak was nothing if not blunt (see: ). So often the pious will judge the whole of someone’s work/life by how they fit into their own conception of “moral.”

    Sorry if my comments held no value for you. Sky Daddy forgive me.