Posted on March 9, 2021 at 9:40 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Norton Juster, best known for writing The Phantom Tollbooth, has died at the age of ninety-one.

Mo Willems broke the news on Twitter, saying, “My lunch partner, Norton Juster, ran out of stories & passed peacefully last night,” and Penguin Random House confirmed it.

Among his other beloved works were The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics, Stark Naked: A Paranomastic Odyssey, and Neville.

The Guardian, NPR, the New York TimesTor, Deadline, and Rolling Stone have obituaries; you can also revisit a 2011 interview Juster did for NPR on how he came up with the idea for The Phantom Tollbooth.

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