"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"
–Where the Wild Things Are (1963)
Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn to Polish immigrant parents on June 10, 1928. Sendak was discovered by legendary children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom in the 1940s while working as a painter for window displays at F.A.O. Schwarz. He went on to publish more than 50 books, including "Where the Wild Things Are," one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Sendak's works are known as complex and characteristically dark. His many awards have included the Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.