Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak died on Tuesday May 8th 2012 in Danbury, Connecticut at the age of 83. He always fashioned his last days a bit on William Blake.
Sendak is in search of what he calls a "yummy death". William Blake set the standard, jumping up from his death bed at the last minute to start singing. "A happy death," says Sendak. "It can be done." He lifts his eyebrows to two peaks. "If you're William Blake and totally crazy."
"So I write books that seem more suitable for children, and that's OK with me. They are a better audience and tougher critics. Kids tell you what they think, not what they think they should think."