Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)

Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture) by Golan Y. Moskowitz 1503614085 9781503614086
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Wild Visionary reconsiders Maurice Sendaks life and work in the context of his experience as a Jewish gay man. Maurice (Moishe) Bernard Sendak (1928-2012) was a fierce, romantic, and shockingly funny truth seeker who intervened in modern literature and culture. Raising the stakes of childrens books, Sendak painted childhood with the dark realism and wild imagination of his own sensitive inner child, drawing on the queer and Yiddish sensibilities that shaped his singular voice.

Interweaving literary biography and cultural history, Golan Y. Moskowitz follows Sendak from his parents Brooklyn home to spaces of creative growth and artistic vision--from neighborhood movie palaces to Hells Kitchen, Greenwich Village, Fire Island, and the Connecticut country home he shared with Eugene Glynn, his partner of more than fifty years. Further, he analyzes Sendaks investment in the figure of the endangered child in symbolic relation to collective touchstones that impacted the artists perspective--the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and the AIDS crisis. Through a deep exploration of Sendaks picture books, interviews, and previously unstudied personal correspondence, Wild Visionary offers a sensitive portrait of the most beloved and enchanting picture-book artist of our time.

Author: Golan Y. Moskowitz

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 310

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Publication Date: 2020-12-08


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