Denis Dutton 1944-2010

“He was widely known for Arts & Letters Daily, a groundbreaking early Internet aggregator featuring links to commentary on arts, literature and events.
“Dutton established Arts & Letters in 1998, later saying in interviews that he was simply looking for a way to capture and organize the ballooning number of book reviews, articles and essays available online. The site, designed to look like an 18th-century broadsheet, quickly gained a loyal following, with London’s Guardian newspaper describing it in 1999 as “the best website in the world.”

“Through Arts & Letters Daily, Denis helped prove that the Web could be a platform not only for fast-paced celebrity gossip and pictures of cute animals but for long and serious writing and the exchange of complex ideas.”


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