"The Phantom Tollbooth": Crafting a literary classic
Today Juster gets a rock star's reception at places like the Field School in Washington, D.C., where every single student read the book.
"In the book are concerns and things that I think almost every child goes through - fears, uncertainties, apprehensions, misunderstandings," said Juster.
A 50th-anniversary edition was recently published, with appreciations by other writers . . . and generations of readers line up to get their sometimes-tattered books signed, and talk about what the book meant to them.
Which clearly delights these two old friends...
"This is why you do these things," Feiffer said. "You want to make a connection between yourself and some anonymous readers out there, who you will be important to, and who are important to you in consequence."
"So, what you're proudest of this book is really the fact that people can read into it what they want to?" asked Braver.
"Yes, and with my delight and blessing," Feiffer replied.
For more info:
- "The Phantom Tollbooth" 50th Anniversary edition by Norton Juster, illus. by Jules Feiffer (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
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