Maurice Sendak, the legendary author of trailblazing children’s books like Where the Wild Things Are, died today at the age of 83. The cause was complications from a recent stroke, his longtime editor, Michael di Capua, told the New York Times. Sendak will forever be remembered for his books, which enthralled children and adults alike by ditching the safe, nursery-rhyme formula of typical children’s books and delving into the dark, terrifying depths of the human psyche. In January, the aging author joined Stephen Colbert for a final interview to discuss his creative process – surprisingly NOT child-centric – and to offer a critique of Colbert’s own attempt to break into the market of children’s literature. Watch the two-part interview below.