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ERIC Number: ED035635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 296
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Dr. Bowdler's Legacy: A History of Expurgated Books in England and America.
Perrin, Noel
This history of expurgation of English and American literature from 1724 until the 1960's focuses on the influence of changing taste upon literature, especially the changing standards of what constitutes decency. Discussed are (1) expurgations of literary works in the 18th century and the causes of bowdlerism; (2) Dr. Bowdler, his sister (the true author of bowdlerism), and other family members involved in literary expurgation; (3) the many expurgations of Shakespeare; (4) two bowdlerizations of the Bible and several "purified" and abridged versions; (5) James Plumptre's futile efforts to market his expurgations of famous plays; (6) bowdlerizations in American dictionaries and literature; (7) the expurgation of prose and poetry in the Victorian age; and (8) the end of bowdlerism by 1920. An appendix concerning Dr. Bowdler and his publisher and a list of references to sources cited are included in the book. (JM)
Atheneum Publishers, 122 East 42nd Street, New York, New York 10017 ($7.95)
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