Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster


A fantasy adventure novel that became a cult classic, loved by adults and children. A major theme is the need for a love of education; through this, Milo applies what he has learned in school, advances in his personal development, and learns to love the life that previously bored him. Milo’s extraordinary voyage takes him into such places as the Land of Expectation, the Doldrums, the Mountains of Ignorance and the Castle in the Air. He meets the weirdest and most unexpected characters (such as Tock, the watchdog, the Gelatinous Giant, and the Threadbare Excuse, who mumbles the same thing over and over again), and, once home, can hardly wait to try out the Tollbooth again. But will it be still there when he gets back from school?

With an introduction by award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones, and illustrations by Jules Feiffer.

Paperback, 272pp
Harper Collins, 2008 (1961)
ISBN 9780007263486