Educational malpractice to use Bowdlerized excerpts from William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets? What do you think? Florida Boy Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS's unconstitutional censorship laws make Florida look like it is run by rebarbative reactionaries. Florida public high school graduates may soon be deprived of a good education. "Bowdlerize" was named after Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), a British physician, who censored Shakespeare, making him suitable for women and children. From Wikipedia:
|Born||11 July 1754|
|Died||24 February 1825 (aged 70)|
|Notable work||The Family Shakspeare (1807)|
Thomas Bowdler, LRCP, FRS (//; 11 July 1754 – 24 February 1825) was an English physician known for publishing The Family Shakespeare, an expurgated edition of William Shakespeare's plays edited by his sister Henrietta Maria Bowdler. They sought a version they saw as more appropriate than the original for 19th-century women and children. Bowdler also published works reflecting an interested knowledge of continental Europe. His last work was an expurgation of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published posthumously in 1826 under the supervision of his nephew and biographer, Thomas Bowdler the Younger. The term bowdlerise or bowdlerize links the name with expurgation or omission of elements deemed unsuited to children, in literature and films and on television.
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