Norton Juster

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2, 1929
Brooklyn, NY
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2, 1929 (age 91)
Brooklyn, NY


An American author of children's books, he is best known for The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) and The Dot and the Line (1963). His later works include Otter Nonsense (1982) and The Odious Ogre (2010).

Before Fame

During the 1950s, he served in the U.S. Navy's Civil Engineer Corps. He later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in architecture; in 1970, he co-founded a Massachusetts architectural firm.


His children's works make frequent use of puns and wordplay. Critics thought such literary devices would not be understandable to children; however, Juster's book sales did not seem to suffer.

Family Life

He was born in New York City to a Jewish family of Romanian and Polish descent. Both his father and his brother were also architects. He eventually settled in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, Jeanne.

Associated With

Animator Chuck Jones adapted Juster's book, The Dot and the Line, into an Oscar-winning short film.

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