If you haven’t heard, Maurice died today of a stroke, at age 83. Here is a nice five minute interview he gave in 2002 that ran on the PBS Newshour tonight. It’s illuminating to hear him say, “I don’t know how to write for children. I don’t think anyone knows how to write for children, and those that say they do are frauds.”
He goes on to say, “I write for me,” and adds that it isn’t always easy to be driven by something internally that is “riotous and strange.” What a great gift he gave to riotous strangers!