Dear Maurice Sendak.
We used to sing along with Carole King's songs based on Sendak's books, like "Chicken Soup with Rice"
NPR has posted some interviews with Sendak here. What a fascinating man.
“You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson — she’s probably the top — Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life.”