Maurice Sendak, the illustrator and creative genius behind books such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, has died

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His long-time editor, Michael di Capua, told the New York Times the author died in Danbury, Connecticut, after complications from a recent stroke.

Maurice Sendak was a prolific illustrator whose work has been seen by millions of people all over the world but was best-known for his 1963 tale of Max, who became the ‘king of all wild things’.

In December 2011, TateShots travelled to the forest in upstate New York where Sendak was based to look back over his literary career, discuss his love for William Blake and hear why he believes that as an artist, ‘you just have to take the dive’.