New York: Harper and Row, 1971.
Lithograph. Image measures 6.5" x 4". Sheet measures 15" x 11.75". Unsigned.
This original print of artwork from the 1966 book "Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories", written by Isaac Bashevis Singer and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, was part of a boxed set released by Harper and Row in 1971. Entitled "Pictures by Maurice Sendak," the set includes original prints of images from the author's books, here printed on single sheets rather than on two-page spreads. This particular image accompanied the short story "Grandmother's Tale". In the story, a stranger arrives after getting lost in a snowstorm, and asks to spend the night. After a jubilant evening of eating, drinking, and playing dreidel - the children discover that the stranger is really a demon. As depicted in Seindak's illustration, the devil reveals horns and fangs, "and goblins in red caps and green boots whirled around in a ring, laughing and screaming". This drawing displays some of the characteristics that caused controversy for Sendak at the time, as some parents found the drawings too grotesque for children. The print is in very good condition with wide margins as issued.
Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer known for his children's books. Producing illustrations for other authors as well as for television, he is best remembered for "Where the Wild Things Are," which is considered by some to be one of the first contemporary picture books.This print is a lovely example and memento of his work. Scarce.