Sendak’s ‘Presto and Zesto in Limboland’ To Be Published in 2018

When Maurice Sendak died on May 8, 2012, the world mourned the loss of such great talent. His trove of wonder and whimsy, into which we escaped as children (and sometimes adults) would grow no more. Or so we thought. Nearly two years ago, Lynn Caponera, president of the Maurice Sendak Foundation and long-time manager of the Sendak household, was at the late author’s Connecticut home rifling through his files. She was trying to decide if there was anything that could be discarded, when she discovered a typewritten, completed manuscript, titled Presto and Zesto in Limboland, attached to a collection of pictures referred to as the “Sugar Beets” (one of the illustrations featured two sugar beets getting married). She worked as Sendak’s caretaker for 40 years and, after reading a bit of the manuscript, vaguely remembered the author working on the story with Arthur Yorinks, his friend and fellow children’s book writer, revealed Yorinks in an interview with CBC Radio’s Laura Lynch, on the As It Happens radio show . “I just thought it was really wonderful to find it,” Caponera told CNN . “It was sort of like bringing Maurice back in the house.” Caponera scanned the manuscript […]

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