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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.


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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