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Brian Sutton-Smith dies at 90; psychologist turned play into work
Brian Sutton-Smith dies at 90; psychologist turned play into work

With his chums in the windy hills outside Wellington, New Zealand, Brian Sutton-Smith came to know a thing or two about how to have fun. The friends swooped over an abyss on ropes tied to a pine tree, yelling out the name of the legendary boy who supposedly had plunged to his death far below. They lobbed cow patties at each other, hunted ghosts in an abandoned house, and so exuberantly indulged in play that Sutton-Smith ultimately became one of the world's foremost thinkers on the subject. Sutton-Smith, a developmental psychologist who wrote or edited more than 50 books and was among the first academics to treat the study of play as a rigorous discipline, died March 7 in a White...

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