Friday, September 13, 2013

Story Book Jugglers--Randall Jarrell and Maurice Sendak, a visual record of their collaboration

In an earlier article, I quoted Maurice Sendak who said, "Interpretive illustration involves a kind of vigorous working with the writer. The difficulty and strain and joy of that particular book is the balancing between the text and the pictures....It's a funny kind of juggling act".

Here then is a presentation of the brilliant work of these two jugglers.  They only worked together on a few books but what an amazing set of works. Each of these books has wonderful writing, intricate and fine illustration, great design, and excellent quality in their production--which is the printing of the book itself.

Macmillan 1963, 1964

title page                                                                 


Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, New York, 1965

back cover                                     

British paperback edition, Puffin Books, a division of Penguin Books UK, 1976                                

Paperback edition, Dell Publishing Co., New York, fourth printing--October 1977          


two-volume cloth-bound edition                                                     

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm                      
Selected by Lore Segal and Maurice Sendak                                                                    
Translated by Lore Segal                                                                                               
With four tales translated by Randall Jarrell                                                                   Pictures by Maurice Sendak                                                                                           
Randall Jarrell's translation of "The Fisherman and His Wife," "Hansel and Gretel," "The Golden Bird," and "Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs," first published in The Golden Bird and Other Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Macmillan, 1962), are reprinted here.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1973                                                                         

title page for volume two                                                                                   

one-volume paperback edition                 


Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1969, 1976

title page
One of my prized possessions, a signed copy
inscribed, Maurice Sendak May '78

the back of the jacket             


Randall Jarrell                                        

Maurice Sendak in Munich 1971               

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty partial to Fly By Night... I think that might be my favorite of Maurice's work. Just something about the design of the pages, as well as the yummy illustrations. Lucky you to have his signature!