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Ridgefield Looks For Ways To Spotlight Maurice Sendak's Legacy

Children's author Maurice Sendak was a longtime resident of Ridgefield.
Children's author Maurice Sendak was a longtime resident of Ridgefield. Photo Credit: File

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield might yet be the home to the works of one of its favorite residents, the late Maurice Sendak, considered one of the most important children's authors and illustrators of the 20th century, if plans for an archive building to be constructed near his home ever comes to fruition, according to the New York Times.

But Sendak's estate is saying that even if they build the archive building, it might never open to the public, but only to illustrators, students, scholars and writers. To date, plan after plan have fallen through, the New York Times reported.

Maurice Sendak Foundation President Lynn Caponera, said that even when he was alive, Sendak envisioned several people at a time coming through to view and study his work, adding that it was never planned to be a turnstiles and gift shop type of place, reported the New York Times.

Sendak wrote in his will that he wanted his Ridgefield home to operate “as a museum or similar facility, to be used by scholars, students, artists, illustrators and writers, and to be opened to the general public," said the New York Times.

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