Books: The Land of the Young

At 52, Maurice Sendak has become America's master illustrator. Almost all of the 78 books he has written or decorated are still in print. Some, like A Hole Is to Dig, Where the Wild Things Are, Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More to Life, and The Nutshell Library, are contemporary classics; all are collector's items.

Most of his drawings are in the possession of the Rosenbach Foundation in Philadelphia; the few that come up for sale fetch prices of up to $12,000 each. For a man who describes himself as "a solitary and...

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