1754 - Born on July 11th in Ashley, near Bath, Somerset, England. English doctor of medicine, philanthropist, and man of letters, known for his Family Shakspeare.
1807 - The Family Shakespeare first appeared as a four-volume edition.
- Bowdler is known for The Family Shakespeare, an expurgated* edition of the Bard’s works.
- Bowdler added nothing to the original text; he simply removed words and phrases he thought unsuitable for reading aloud in front of women and children.
1825 - Died on February 24th in Rhydding, near Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales.
1936 - His work gave rise to the coined term "bowdlerize", which refers to a work that has been “sanitized” for the general public.
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