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Sendak, Maurice Bernard

Philip Nel

in American National Biography Online


Published online October 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1702000

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Sendak, Maurice Bernard (10 June 1928–08 May 2012), artist and creator of children’s books, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of three children of Polish immigrants Philip (a dressmaker) and Sarah (“Sadie”) Sendak. His earliest surviving drawing — done at age six — is of Mickey Mouse, whose scrappy heroics captured his imagination. Disney features, ...

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