Long-Lost Maurice Sendak Book Discovered

Good news for those who delight in entering Maurice Sendak’s world: a long-lost book of his and frequent collaborator Arthur Yorinks has been discovered. While nobody knew about the existence of “Presto and Zesto in Limboland” (not Sendak’s editor, nor Lynn Caponera, president of the Maurice Sendak Foundation—who eventually discovered the text), it’s now slated for publish next year. Back in 1990, Sendak created illustrations to accompany the London Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Leoš Janáček’s “Rikadla,” which is “a 1927 composition that set a series of nonsense Czech nursery rhymes to music.” When Yorinks saw the pictures, he thought it was a shame they’d only been seen once, and the duo set to writing a story for them. “It was a hysterical afternoon of cracking each other up,” Yorinks said. “But after a few hours a narrative thread began to coagulate. The story became an homage to our own friendship so we named the characters after ourselves—Presto and Zesto.” Read more at Publishers Weekly.