For millions of children and adults, Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are has long held an esteemed place on their bookshelf, though for much of the book’s life since it was first published in 1963, most didn’t know it had been written by a gay man. Sendak passed away today at age 83.
In a 2008 interview, the New York Times asked Sendak to name a question he’d never been asked before, and the author replied that “Well, that I’m gay.” Sendak had led a very private life, but shared most of it with his partner of 50 years, Eugene Glynn, before Glynn passed away in 2007.
Sendak’s other books include In The Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and the recently published Bumble-Ardy, but Wild Things has long remained his best known work, even being adapted into a live action film directed by Spike Jonze in 2009. He also had a terrific sense of humor as evidenced by this interview with Stephen Colbert that aired in January of this year.