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New Maurice Sendak book to be published next fall

Five years after his death, a new publication is coming from Maurice Sendak.  Publishers Weekly reports that the president of the Maurice Sendak Foundation was going through the late artist’s files at his Ridgefield home, and found a typewritten manuscript. 


"Presto and Zesto in Limboland" was co-authored by Sendak's frequent collaborator, Arthur Yorinks.  According to Publishers Weekly, the story will be available in the fall of 2018. 


Foundation President Lynn Caponera, who managed Sendak's household for decades, didn't remember the two friends working on a text with that title, so she scanned the manuscript and e-mailed it to Sendak's longtime editor and publisher.  The illustrations were created by Sendak in 1990 for a symphony about Czech nursery rhymes. 


The first part of the title, Presto and Zesto, is an homage to their friendship.  Yorinks told the publication that when he later moved to Connecticut, they thought he lived about a half hour drive away, but made it to Sendak's Ridgefield house in three minutes.  When he opened the door Sendak said, "Presto!" and that became Yorinks' nickname.  Sendak was then dubbed “Zesto.”

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