Author, architect Norton Juster dies at 91 at Northampton home

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette

By STEVE PFARRER
Staff Writer
Published: 3/9/2021 5:23:14 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Norton Juster, the author of the celebrated children’s book “The Phantom Tollbooth,” related a story several years ago on National Public Radio that he fell into writing the story because he was bored and doing something the book’s main character does: procrastinating.

“The Phantom Tollbooth,” a tale of a listless and indecisive boy, Milo, who has a series of adventures in a magical land, went on to become a landmark children’s book and a favorite of teachers. But Juster, at the time an architect, wrote it in large part because he’d reached a dead end on another project — a book on cities for children, which he’d received a grant to write.

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