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The Sendak-Singer Connection

2:18 PM, May 14, 2012 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
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What do Maurice Sendak, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Commentary magazine have in common?

Singer, who won the 1978 Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote his works first in Yiddish, and some were translated and published in Commentary. Sendak, on the other hand, is best known for the 1963 picture book Where the Wild Things Are.

But after the death last week of the man "widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century," Jewish Ideas Daily rediscovered a Singer-Sendak. Sendak illustrated Singer's first book for the young, Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories. The site has reprinted three of those stories, with drawings by Sendak well suited to Singer's art (they aren't quite as fanciful as those in Wild Things). The illustrated stories were first published in Commentary in July 1966.

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