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Denis Dutton dies at 66; founder of Arts & Letters Daily website
Denis Dutton dies at 66; founder of Arts & Letters Daily website

Denis Dutton, a scholar, author and Internet trailblazer who founded Arts & Letters Daily, a pithy website that links thousands of devoted followers around the world to smart, provocative writing online about books, culture and ideas, died Tuesday in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he taught philosophy at Canterbury University. He was 66.The cause was complications of prostate cancer, said his brother, Doug, of the famous Dutton's Books family, which ran independent bookstores in Los Angeles for five decades.Denis Dutton wrote books (including "The Art Instinct," an engaging treatise on the evolution of imagination, published in 2009) but did not join the family bookselling business. He...

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