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Lester E. Denonn was born in 1901, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He studied philosophy at New York University (B.A.) and Cornell University (M.A.). After graduating from New York University with a degree in law in 1928, he began his career as a lawyer specializing in banking law, which ended with his retirement from Simpson Thatcher and Barlett in 1973. He wrote many reviews for the American Bar Association journal and lectured widely on legal problems. He married Bess Schwinner and the couple had two children, a son Andrew, and a daughter, Alice Epstein.
Denonn edited The Wit and Wisdom of Bertrand Russell (1951), Bertrand Russell's Dictionary of Mind, Matter, and Morals (1952), and then with Robert E. Egner, The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell (1961). He also edited The Wit and Wisdom of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1953). Denonn planned to complete a bibliography of Russell and to assist himself in this task collected a large library of books by and about Russell. He was an active member of the Bertrand Russell Society. He died on 12 June 1985.