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Pen to Publisher: The Life of Three Sendak Picture Books

The Rosenbach Museum and Library is exhibiting part of their Maurice Sendak collection. The Rosenbach’s relationship with Sendak dates back to 1966 and the museum currently houses over 10,000 Sendak objects, including original drawings, preliminary sketches, manuscript materials, photographs, proofs, and rare prints of Sendak books.

On display
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 – Sunday, July 15, 2012

Every book has a life of its own: the flash of insight that inspired its creator; the negotiations among authors, publishers, and printers to produce it; and the readers who cherish and critique it. This exhibition follows the lives of three picture books by Maurice Sendak: The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960), Outside Over There (1981), and Brundibar (2003). Spanning more than 40 years, each of these books was inspired and produced in radically different ways by Sendak and his collaborators. Together they reveal how Sendak pursued and preserved a core idea or character through his own artistic refinements and the ever-changing techniques and technologies of the publishing industry.

To learn more about the Rosenbach’s Maurice Sendak Collection, click here.

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