It was a surprise to many when legendary children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak casually referenced his male partner in a 2008 New York Times profile — Sendak loved and lived with Eugene Glynn for half a century before Glynn's death in 2007. Our community was happy to claim one of the 20th century's most renowned masters of children's literature as one of our own. Sendak's most famous story, 1963's Where the Wild Things Are, is a beautifully rendered depiction of childhood rebellion and imagination, brought to life with Sendak's meticulous drawings, including of the unforgettable "Wild Things."
The University of Connecticut recently announced that it will house the Connecticut author's archives, including the finished artwork for his published books — which also include In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There — as well as certain manuscripts, sketches, and other related materials; UConn was kind enough to share some of its treasure trove with The Advocate (check out the images on the following pages).
"Maurice Sendak created books that will live forever," Katherine Capshaw, professor of English and president of the Children's Literature Association, told UConn. "Sendak's books connect profoundly to children's inner fears and vast resourcefulness. He treated young people with respect, valuing their creativity and sense of ethics, and his work illuminated the joy and mystery of the imagination."