Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) died on May 8th at the age of 83. He was widely considered one of the most important children’s book authors/illustrators of the 20th century. He was best known for 1964 Caldecott Medal-winning Where the Wild Things Are (PZ7 .S47 Wh). He illustrated the following Caldecott Honor Books, 1963’s Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (PZ7 .Z77 Mi), 1962’s Little Bear’s Visit, 1960’s The Moon Jumpers (PZ7 .U27 Mo) (written by MacMurray alum Janice May Udry), 1959’s What Do You Say, Dear?, and 1954’s A Very Special House. He also wrote two Honor books; 1982’s Outside Over There (PZ7 .S47 Ou), for which he also won the National Book Award for Picture Books, and 1971’s In the Night Kitchen (PZ7 .S47 In). He was also awarded the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for having “made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” The Library also owns the following books written and/or illustrated by Sendak:
The Animal Family, illustrator (PZ7 .J295 An)
Hector Protector, and As I Went Over the Water: Two Nursery Rhymes with Pictures, author and illustrator (PZ8.3 .S4684 He)
Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must be More to Life, author and illustrator (PZ10.3 .S356 Hi)
The Hundred Penny Box, illustrator (Pz7 .M4284 Hu)
Let’s Be Enemies, illustrator (PZ7 .U27 Let 1988)
Little Bear, illustrator (Pz7 .M652 Li)
Lullabies and Night Songs, illustrator (M1997 .W6843 L8)
His New York Times obituary can be found here.
Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) died on May 15th at the age of 83. He was an acclaimed Mexican novelist and essayist, often associated with the Latin American Boom literary movement of the 1960s and 1970s when young Latin American writers such as Fuentes, Julio Cortazar, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez began gaining recognition throughout the world. Though he never won the award, he was frequently discussed as a possible candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Among the awards he did win during his more than fifty year career were the 1987 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, an annual award honoring the lifetime achievement of an outstanding writer in the Spanish language, and the 1999 Belisario Dominguez Medal of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the Mexican government. The Library owns a number of his works, both in English and in Spanish:
Aura, Spanish ed. (PQ7297 .F793 A85 1975)
Las Buenas Conciencias, Spanish ed. (PQ7297 .F793 B8 1973)
Cantar de Ciegos, Spanish ed. (PQ7297 .F793 C3 1974)
Cumpleanos, Spanish ed. (PQ7297 .F793 C8 1976)
Distant Relations, English ed. (PQ7297 .F793 F313 1982)
Gringo Viejo, Spanish ed. (PQ7297 .F793 G7 1985)
La Muerte de Artemis Cruz, Spanish ed. (PQ7297 .F793 M8 1973x)
La Nueva Novela Hispanoamericana, Spanish ed. (PQ7082 .N7 F8 1972)
La Region Mas Transparente, Spanish ed. (PQ7297 .F793 R4 1973)
Terra Nostra, English ed. (PQ7297 .F84 T313 1983)
Where the Air is Clear, English ed. (PQ7297 .F793 W5 1990)
Zona Sagrada, Spanish ed. (PQ7297 .F793 Z6 1973)
His New York Times obituary can be found here.
Jean Craighead George (1919-2012) died on May 15th at the age of 92. She was an award-winning American author of young adult books, best known for her 1973 Newberry Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves (PZ7 .G2933 Ju) and the 1960 Newberry Honor book My Side of the Mountain (PZ7 .G2933 My). The Library also owns her books Arctic Son (PZ7 .G2933 Ar 1997), The Hole in the Tree (PZ7 .G2933), and Who Really Killed Cock Robin? An Ecological Mystery (PZ7 .G2933 Wh). Her New York Times obituary can be found here.
Paul Fussell (1924-2012) died on May 23rd at the age of 88. He was an American writer, historian, and literary critic, best known for The Great War and Modern Memory, winner of the 1975 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the 1976 National Book Award for Arts and Letters. In 1998 the Modern Library Board listed it as the 75th best non-fiction book published since 1900. The Library also owns Class: a Guide through the American Status System (HN90 .S6 F87 1992) and The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism: Ethics and Imagery from Swift to Burke (PR561 .F8). His New York Times obituary can be found here.
Williams Hanley (1931-2012) died on May 25th at the age of 80. He was an award-winning playwright and television writer. He broke onto the scene when his double-bill of Off Broadway one acts plays, Whisper into My Good Ear and Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, earned him a Drama Desk Award in 1963. Both plays are included in Mrs. Dally Has a Lover: and Other Plays (PS3558 .A17 M5). Later in his career he earned Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, for a Dramatic Special for Something About Amelia in 1984 and The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank in 1988. His obituaries from Playbill.com and The New York Times can be found here and here, respectively.
Leo Dillon (1933-2012) died on May 27th at the age of 79. He was an American illustrator of children’s books who, along with his wife Diane, are the only people to have won consecutive Caldecott Medals, and two or only nine to have won multiple Medals. They won in 1976 for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema (PZ8.1 .A213 Wh) and in 1977 for Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove (PZ5 GN645 .M87). Among many other awards, the pair also won the 1971 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist and in 1997 were inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. The Library also owns another book they illustrated, The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis (PZ7 .M4284 Hu). His New York Times obituary can be found here.