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Dr. Bowdler’s Legacy: A History of Expurgated Books in England & America (an enlarged illustrated ed.)
Dr. Bowdler’s Legacy: A History of Expurgated Books in England & America (an enlarged illustrated ed.)
 
Our Price: $15.00
Year: 1992
Pages: 323
Binding Paperback
ISBN 879238615

Product Code: 075676436X

Description
 
Noel Perrin. Just before Queen Victoria was born in the early 19th century, Dr. Thomas Bowdler & his sister Harriet began their career of “improving” (we’d say eviscerating) literature. Shakespeare was their first victim. From that start, no English work -- not Chaucer, not the King James Bible, not Robbie Burns -- was safe from the blight of their prudery & zeal. But moral censorship of texts, as Noel Perrin shows in this book, is older than the righteous Bowdler siblings & has endured to our own times. In a new chapter written for this edition, Perrin explores contemporary Bowdlerism, whose victims include dictionaries, Porgy & Bess, Shakespeare (again), The Story of Doctor Dolittle, & Fahrenheit 451. Illustrated.

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