Maurice Sendak dead at 83; relive his Stephen Colbert interview

Colbert interviewed Sendak recently.

For fans of children’s books and pure imaginative thinking, the news coming out Tuesday is sobering — Maurice Sendak, author of such acclaimed work as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, has passed away. The news was confirmed by the New York Times on Tuesday morning, with his longtime publicist saying that he was suffering from recent complications related to a stroke.

Fans of literature (not to mention just about any child who has ever opened a book) will remember Sendak for his daring take on imagination, delving into such realms of insecurity and loneliness in his work that few other authors would even touch of either fear or simply apathy. He famously said that his books were not just written for children, and he took his time creating the perfect story rather than just churning out one book after another.

The news of Sendak’s passing is especially sad in that it follows up a memorable series of interviews he gave on “The Colbert Report” months ago about writing and the current state of children’s literature — and in many ways, it “inspired” Stephen to come up with his new book I Am a Pole (And So Can You!). You can check out the videos below — a rare example of Sendak’s wit and genius caught on film.

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The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
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The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive
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