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Review: ‘Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet' at the Morgan Library and Museum


Added 07-20-19 05:20:02am EST - “Maurice Sendak is the beloved author and illustrator of such children's classics as Where the Wild Things Are and Little Bear.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Review: 'Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet' at the Morgan Library and Museum”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Maurice Sendak was responding to fan mail one day when one letter in particular caught his eye. He lingered over a drawing his young correspondent had scrawled on it, so Sendak put a drawing on his letter in return.

"I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it," he said later. "I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.' Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.'"

"That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received," Sendak said. "He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."

Sendak is the beloved author and illustrator of such children's classics as Where the Wild Things Are and Little Bear. And from now through October 6, "Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet" at New York's Morgan Library and Museum will display another side of the author. Delightful dioramas and charming costume designs will show visitors Sendak's unique approach to theatrical storytelling and his boundless, bizarre creativity.

Sendak (1928-2012) was born to Polish Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn. He did not go to college, but became an amateur art and music historian. He began writing stories at 19; he was 50 when opera director Frank Corsaro invited him to design sets and costumes for a production of The Magic Flute. "Fifty," Sendak said, "is a good time to either change career or have a nervous breakdown."

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