Maurice Sendak, creator of some of the most influential children’s art and literature of the 20th century, died this morning in Danbury, Connecticut, after complications from a recent stroke. He was 83. Perhaps best known for the classic Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s career spanned from his first illustrations in 1947 to September of last year, when he published Bumble-Ardy for which he provided both the text and illustrations. In 2007, Sendak publicly announced that he way gay, and that he had lived with his partner, Eugene Glynn, for 50 years. A picture book dedicated to his brother, Jack, My Brother’s Book is expected to be released in February. (Photo: Andrea Pabon/Flickr)