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Norton Juster

(b. 1929– )

U.S. architect and author

“Outside the window, there was so much to see, and hear, and touch—walks to take, hills to climb, caterpillars to watch as they strolled through the garden […] And, in the very room in which he sat, there were books that could take you anywhere, and things to invent, and make, and build, and break, and all the puzzle and excitement of everything he didn’t know—music to play, songs to sing, and worlds to imagine and then someday make real.”

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source: The Phantom Tollbooth (New York: Random House, 1961), 255–56.

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medium: Fiction

notes: Quoted in The Phantom Tollbooth and the Wonder of Words,” by Michael Chabon, The New York Review of Books Blog, April 21, 2011.

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