To Bowdlerise, or not to…

Thomas Bowdler Family Shakespeare

Thomas Bowdler Family Shakespeare

Shakespeare wasn’t always spelt as such. Prior to the 19th century there were numerous variations, the most common being Shakspeare (without the first ‘e’). That all changed thanks to Thomas Bowdler (1754 – 1825) who re-published an adapted works of Shakespeare to cater for women and children of his time. Bowdler’s edition, stripped of obscenities and blasphemies, was published as The Family Shakespeare (1807). This process of expurgation, especially in regard to published works, became known as bowdlerisation.

Thomas Bowdler - The Family Shakespeare - The Times

Thomas Bowdler – The Family Shakespeare – The Times

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