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Maurice Sendak on the Darkness of Children's Stories

Sendak illustrated a version of a recently-discovered Grimm story, about a girl named Mili who loses her mother during a war. Sendak, best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, often incorporates difficult subjects like death and divorce into his children's books.

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Other segments from the episode on May 18, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 18, 1989: Interview with Maurice Sendak; Review of John Cougar Mellencamp's album "Big Daddy"; Interview with Richard Wilbur; Interview with Stephen Schiff.

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