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Norton Juster, author of 'The Phantom Tollbooth', has died aged 91

12/03/2021 2:45 PM
Norton Juster, author of 'The Phantom Tollbooth', has died aged 91

Children's author Norton Juster, best known for his books The Phantom Tollbooth and The Dot and the Line, has passed away aged 91. His death was announced by fellow children's author and illustratore Mo Willems on Twitter, and confirmed by his publisher Penguin Random House early this morning.

Juster rose to international recognition with his debut book The Phantom Tollbooth in 1961, a chidren's fantasy novel about a boy who receives a magic tollbooth that transports him to the magical Kingdom of Wisdom. He followed up in 1963 with The Dot and the Line, about a romance between a red dot and a blue line. Juster also worked in architecture, co-founding an architecture firm and working as a Professor of Architecture until he retired in 1992 - all the while writing children's books.

Fellow children's author and friend Mo Willems paid tribute to Juster on Twitter:  'My lunch partner, Norton Juster, ran out of stories and passed peacefully last night. Best known for The Phantom Tollbooth + The Dot and the Line, Norton’s greatest work was himself: a tapestry of delightful tales. Miss him.'