Thomas Bowdler

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Noun1.Thomas Bowdler - English editor who in 1818 published an expurgated edition of the works of Shakespeare (1754-1825)
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In both he refers to Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825) the medical doctor wrote 10 volumes of "The Family Shakespeare" in which "nothing is added to the original text; but those words and expressions omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family" (an idea to which the BBC and ITV could well give serious consideration today!).
Famous titles bearing some variant of the Longmans imprint include Shelvocke's Voyage Round the Worm by Way of the Great South Sea (1726), Johnson's Dictionary (1755), Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads (1800), Scott's The Lady of the Lake (1810), Bowdler's Family Shakespeare (1818), and Roget's Thesaurus (1852).
For much of the nineteenth century, the righteous was located in the family, hence the Family Shakespeare. Bowdler comes in for some good-natured heckling.
(2) Some other interesting versions of Shakespeare aimed at youth (and often young women as well) in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries include William Dodd's The Beauties of Shakespeare (1752), Thomas Bowdler's The Family Shakespeare (1818), and D.
Edinburgh doctor Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825) was so incensed with Shakespeare's bad language he produced a 10 volume edition of Family Shakespeare by removing any words that might be offensive.

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