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6.20.12 … Maurice Sendak Illustrates Tolstoy …

Maurice Sendak,  Tolstoy,  A Hole is to Dig, kith/kinBrain Pickings:  I’m still on a Sendak kick … Love his illustrations.  A friend send my oldest Sendak’s A Hole is to Dig.   Just love his illustrations.

In 1961, legendary editor Ursula Norstrom sent young Maurice Sendak an exquisite letter of creative encouragement as he was spiraling into self-doubt while working on a children’s adaptation of Nikolenka’s Childhood (public library) by Leo Tolstoy, originally published in 1852 — an intense, expressionistic chronicle of the inner life of a young boy, the first novel in the author’s autobiographical trilogy.

Thanks to Nordstrom’s steadfast support, Sendak did finish the project and it was published two years later, the same year Sendak’s own now-iconic Where the Wild Things Are was released. His youthful insecurity, however, presents a beautiful parallel to the coming-of-age themes Tolstoy explores. The illustrations, presented here from a surviving copy of the 1963 gem, are as tender and soulful as young Sendak’s spirit:

via Maurice Sendak Illustrates Tolstoy | Brain Pickings.


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