bowdlerisation


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Noun1.bowdlerisation - written material that has been bowdlerized
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
2.bowdlerisation - the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent
expurgation, castration - the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
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Apart from some stringent Bowdlerisation, the most substantial cuts to the text came in the quarrel scenes between the lovers, where Benson's red pen played down the catastrophic nature of Puck's mistaking Lysander for Demetrius, removing most references to extremes of emotion--especially hatred--from Lysander's speeches in particular.
Faute de rnieux, from the 1799 Stewart & Meikle chapbook through to the 1860s, the major Burns editions all took their text of 'Holy Willie's Prayer', directly or indirectly, from Thomas Stewart, though there are variations in whether or not to include the Meg/Lizzie stanzas or the 1802 drinking stanza, variations in the bowdlerisation of line 88, and incremental changes away from Stewart's original text in punctuation and spelling.