Thomas Bowdler

  1. English editor who in 1818 published an expurgated edition of the works of Shakespeare (1754-1825)
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  • Those weren't the first times I "bowdlerized" -- some might say, butchered -- a classic text the term comes from the knuckleheaded 19th century Shakespearian censor Thomas Bowdler. Trey Ellis: Censoring Huck Ain't So Simple
  • Of course, many people are aware of Shakespeare's crudity (certainly Thomas Bowdler was, when he presented his expurgated version of Shakespeare's plays in the 19th century-hence the word bowdlerized). The Dirt On Shakespeare
  • Thomas Bowdler was a famous expurgator
  • Bowdlerism, named after Dr Thomas Bowdler, has been around longer than Comstockery, named for Anthony Comstock.
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