There's A Mystery There

There's A Mystery There

The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak

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"An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in his stature and recognition as a major American artist, period. Polymath and master interviewer Jonathan Cott first interviewed Maurice Sendak in 1976 for Rolling Stone, just at the time when Outside Over There, the concluding and by far the strangest volume of a trilogy that began with Where The Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, was gestating. Over the course of their wide-ranging and revelatory conversation about his life, work, and the fantasies and obsessions that drove his creative process, they focused on many of the themes and images that would appear in the new book five years later. Drawing on that interview,There's a Mystery There is a profound examination of the inner workings of a complicated genius's torments and inspirations that ranges over the entirety of his work and his formative life experiences, and uses Outside Over There, brilliantly and originally, as the key to understanding just what made this extravagantly talented man tick. To gain multiple perspectives on that intricate and multifaceted book, Cott also turns to four "companion guides": a Freudian analyst, a Jungian analyst, an art historian, and Sendak's great friend and admirer, the playwright Tony Kushner. The book is richly illustrated with examples from Sendak's work and other related images"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2017]
ISBN: 9780385540438
Characteristics: 242 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Dec 23, 2017

A gifted illustrator, a magical experience to read and become acquainted with. He was able to revisit his child-mind in his creative process. Starts with the story of his parents. Discusses his creative source and formula, as well some fundamentals of child psychiatry, and specialists' interpretations of his work. There was alot of controversy when he was first published, and he did get psychoanalysis in his 20's. Oh his frustrations as a toddler when he caught a glimpse of a grisly image of the Lindbergh kidnapping in the 'morning edition' at a news stand, then to exclaim it to his parents, only to be disbelieved when it is absent from the 'afternoon edition'! Mozart had not an enemy yet feared falling asleep.


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Dec 26, 2017

...there's a very brief tale called 'The Goblins', in which a bunch of goblins steal a child out of a cradle and leave a changeling with a thick head and staring eyes in its place. And a friend of the grieving mother tells her to take the changeling into the kitchen, set him on the hearth, light a fire, and boil hot water in two eggshells, which will make the changeling laugh, and when the changeling laughs, the story tells us, that's the end of him...."And the other thing is music" he continued. "If you play an instrument and the baby begins to dance to it, you know it can't be your baby...." pages 87-89


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