Dispute over author-illustrator Maurice Sendak’s estate nears resolution

November 4, 2016 GMT

RIDGEFIELD — A long-running dispute over part of Maurice Sendak’s estate appears resolved after a judge split the late author’s rare book collection between a Philadelphia museum and his Ridgefield-based foundation.

In 2014, the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia sued the estate of Sendak, a former Ridgefield resident and author of “Where the Wild Things Are,” arguing the foundation had violated the terms of the late author’s will. The suit claimed Sendak wanted his foundation to cooperate with the Rosenbach about exhibiting his works and the museum was to be given some of Sendak’s collection, specifically his “rare edition books.”


The works in dispute include books by Herman Melville, Henry James and William Blake.

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