Stories are more fun to read aloud when you know more about the people who wrote them.
Maurice Sendak – who died in May at age 83 -- went from building window displays at FAO Schwartz to writing and illustrating the legendary 1963 picture book Where the Wild Things Are. (Remember the boy dancing with the monsters in a “wild rumpus”?) Don’t forget his Pierre and Chicken Soup with Rice. (“In January it’s so nice, while slipping on the sliding ice, to sip hot chicken soup with rice.”) For a half century, Sendak lived with his partner, psychiatrist Eugene Glynn. Here he attends the 2009 premiere of “Where the Wild Things Are,” with the actor Max Records, who stars in the film version of the tale.