More about Maurice Sendak

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Maurice Sendak: 
  • A slideshow of some of Sendak’s most influential prints from the National Gallery of Australia’s Kenneth Tyler Printmaking Collection website, plus an in-depth and chronological look into Sendak’s life and works.
Jewish Culture and History:
  • The American Jewish Historical Society provides access to more than 20 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present.
  • Website for Jewish Book Council, which “serves to promote the reading, writing, publication, distribution, and public awareness of books that reflect the rich variety of the Jewish experience.”
  • Jews in America: Our Story. The American Jewish experience, as seen through a searchable gallery of documents, photographs, and other artifacts. Features an interactive timeline, where users can learn about Jewish life and culture as it related to world events, arts and culture, politics and more from 1654 until present day. Sponsored and hosted by the Center for Jewish History.
The Immigration Experience:
  • A breakdown of the Jewish immigration experience to America from 1820 - 1924, with digital images of topic-related primary resources, including original sheet music, handwritten manuscripts and newspaper articles included.
  • Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is a web-based collection of historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression. Immigration to the US includes over 400,000 pages from more than 2,200 books, pamphlets, and serials, over 9,600 pages from manuscript and archival collections, and more than 7,800 photographs. By incorporating diaries, biographies, and other writings capturing diverse experiences, the collected material provides a window into the lives of ordinary immigrants.
  • Website mapping immigration patterns specific to New York City has welcomed more, including the following ethnic groups: Dutch, English, Irish, German, Chinese, East European Jewish, Italian, African American and others. You will find many parallels amongst the groups featured on this website, from the creation of mutual aid societies to help newcomers acclimate to the establishment of sacred sites where they could maintain century-old traditions.


Tell Them Anything You Want (2010)
A humorous and revealing documentary featuring Maurice Sendak, with Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs. Sendak discusses details of his childhood and family life, as well as the frustrations and triumphs of his career, and his reflections on happiness and life. Featuring a birthday tribute to Maurice with Meryl Streep, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener, a Q&A with Spike Jonze and Maurice Sendak at The Museum of Modern Art, and an exclusive essay on Maurice Sendak by Tony Kushner.

Last Dance (2004)
An inside view, from concept to performance, of a recent collaboration between Maurice Sendak and Pilobolus on a haunting dance-theatre piece entitled "A Selection," which honors the children of the Holocaust. A full performance of “A Selection” is not included.

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Spike Jonze’s imaginative full-length film adaptation of Sendak’s most popular work, with collaboration from cowriter Dave Eggers, the Jim Henson Company, and singer/songwriter Karen O.

American Experience: America and the Holocaust
PBS documentary detailing the complex social and political factors shaped America's response to the Holocaust, from "Kristallnacht" in 1938 through the liberation of the death camps in 1945.

Books for Adult Readers:

Cech, John. Angels and Wild Things: The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996.

Diner, Hasia R. We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence After the Holocaust, 1945 – 1962. New York University Press, 2009.

Goldsmith, Emanuel S. and Barnett Zumoff (trans). Yiddish Literature in America: 1870 – 2000. KTAV Publishing House, 2000.

Joselit, Jenna Weissman. The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950. Hill and Wang, 1994.

Kushner, Tony. The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to Present. Harry N. Abrams, 2003.

Lanes, Selma. The Art of Maurice Sendak (Volume 1). Harry N. Abrams, 2nd ed., 1998.

Maguire, Gregory. Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation. William Morrow, 2009.
Mendelsohn, Daniel. The Lost: The Search for Six of Six Million. HaperCollins, 2008.

Poole, L.M. Maurice Sendak and the Art of Children’s Book Illustration. Crescent Moon Publishing, 2nd ed., 2007.

Raphael, Marc Lee (ed). The Columbia History of Jews & Judaism in America. Columbia University Press, 2008.

Sendak, Maurice. Caldecott & Co.: Notes on Books and Pictures. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1988.

Sonheim, Amy. Maurice Sendak. Twayne Publishers, 1992.

Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Wisdom: The Essential Teachings and How They Have Shaped the Jewish Religion, Its People, Culture, and History. Morrow, 1994.

van Voolen, Edward. My Grandparents, Parents, and I: Jewish Art and Culture. Prestel, 2006.

Whitfield, Stephen J. In Search of American Jewish Culture. Museum of Modern Art, 1999.

Ziegelman, Jane. 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement. Smithsonian, 2010.

Books for Young Readers:

Arato, Rona. Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium. Tundra, 2010.

Bogacki, Tomek. The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak. Frances Foster, 2009.

Braun, Eric. Maurice Sendak (First Biographies). Capstone Press, 2005.

Dogar, Sharon. Annexed. Houghton-Mifflin, 2010.

Gaines, Ann. Maurice Sendak (Real-Life Reader Biography). Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2001.

Gerstein, Mordecai. The Old Country. Roaring Brook, 2005.

Grimm, Jacob, Wilhelm Grimm, and Maurice Sendak (illustrator). The Juniper Tree:
And Other Tales from Grimm. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, Revised ed., 2003.

Grimm, Wilhelm and Maurice Sendak (illustrator). Dear Mili. HarperCollins, 1995.

Hurtig, Jennifer. Maurice Sendak (My Favorite Writer Series). Weigl Publishers, 2006.

Hyde, Heidi Smith and Johanna Van Der Sterre (illustrator). Feivel's Flying Horses. Kar-Ben, 2010.

Krauss, Ruth and Maurice Sendak. A Hole is to Dig. HarperCollins, 1989.

Kushner, Tony and Maurice Sendak. Brundibar. Hyperion, 2003.

Lowenstein, Steven and Mark Anderson (illustrator). For the Love of Being Jewish. Triumph, 2010.

Marcovitz, Hal. Maurice Sendak (Who Wrote That? Series). Chelsea House, 2006.

Pinkwater, Daniel and Jill Pinkwater (illustrator). Beautiful Yetta: the Yiddish Chicken. Feiwel and Friends, 2010.

Rubin, Susan Goldman and Ela Weissberger. The Cat with the Golden Star: Coming of Age in Terezin. Holiday House, 2008.

Sendak, Maurice. Donde Viven Los Monstruos (Where the Wild Things Are: Spanish Edition.) Algafara, translated edition, 2009.
_____. In the Night Kitchen. HarperCollins, 1996.

_____. Kenny’s Window. HarperCollins, 2002.

_____. Outside Over There. HarperCollins, 1989.

_____. Pierre: A Cautionary Tale. HarperCollins, 1st Harper Trophy ed., 1991.

_____. Really Rosie. HarperCollins, 1986.

_____. The Sign on Rosie’s Door. HarperCollins, 2002.

_____. We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. HarperCollins, 1993.

_____. Where the Wild Things Are. HarperCollins, 25th anniversary ed., 1988.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis and Maurice Sendak (illustrator). Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories.

Tal, Eve. Double Crossing: A Jewish Immigration Story. Cinco Puntos, 2005
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