Maurice Sendak

1928 - 2012

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Maurice Bernard Sendak (; June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became most widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Polish-Jewish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Sendak has received more than 1,230,961 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Maurice Sendak is the 2,016th most popular writer (up from 2,162nd in 2019), the 2,525th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,549th in 2019) and the 240th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Maurice Sendak ranks 2,016 out of 5,794Before him are Ottavio Rinuccini, Charles de Brosses, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, Maria Shriver, Johnston McCulley, and Charles Maturin. After him are Nelson Algren, Gaston Paris, Matthew Arnold, James M. Cain, Eliza Orzeszkowa, and Gottschalk of Orbais.

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Among people born in 1928, Maurice Sendak ranks 163Before him are Sid Watkins, Anne Sexton, Al Lettieri, Tom Sharpe, Wolfhart Pannenberg, and Juan María Bordaberry. After him are Henry Silva, Daisaku Ikeda, Jean Kennedy Smith, Gerard Damiano, Alan Sillitoe, and Nguyễn Văn Thuận. Among people deceased in 2012, Maurice Sendak ranks 106Before him are Sid Watkins, Angelo Dundee, Lefter Küçükandonyadis, Daniel Inouye, Nora Ephron, and Russell Means. After him are Miljan Miljanić, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, Edoardo Mangiarotti, Ann Rutherford, Thomas Szasz, and Kaneto Shindo.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Maurice Sendak ranks 2,525 out of 15,968Before him are Richard Basehart (1914), Curtis Hanson (1945), Henry H. Arnold (1886), Maria Shriver (1955), Johnston McCulley (1883), and J. Walter Christie (1865). After him are Michelle Williams (1980), Henry A. Wallace (1888), Dennis Wilson (1944), Michael DeBakey (1908), Nelson Algren (1909), and Harvey Cushing (1869).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Maurice Sendak ranks 240Before him are Anne Sexton (1928), Joan Didion (1934), Edward Gorey (1925), Nora Ephron (1941), Maria Shriver (1955), and Johnston McCulley (1883). After him are Nelson Algren (1909), James M. Cain (1892), Neil Postman (1931), Margaret Fuller (1810), Kate Millett (1934), and Edward Bellamy (1850).