The Bowdler Shakespeare : In Which Nothing Is Added to the Original Text, but Those Words and Expressions Are Omitted Which Cannot with Propriety Be Read Aloud in a Family (Paperback)

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'The Family Shakespeare: in which nothing is added to the original text, but those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read in family.' These words on the title pages of this edition gave rise to the verb 'to bowdlerise' - to remove or modify text which was considered vulgar or objectionable. Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825) was a man of independent means who studied medicine but, instead of practising as a doctor, devoted his time to prison reform, chess and the sanitising of Shakespeare. The first edition of The Family Shakespeare was published in 1818, and Bowdler's work became enormously popular as the scandal-ridden Regency gave way to Victorian respectability. This volume, from the 1853 edition, contains Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, All's Well that Ends Well, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter's Tale and The Comedy of Errors.

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9781108001090
SKU 211588436
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1108001092
Release Date 8/5/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0556
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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