Dr. Bowdler's Legacy. A History of Expurgated Books in England and America.

Boston: Godine, (1992),

First printing of this edition. octavo, wrappers. (xxii), (324)p. Godine, Item #215

In his preface Perrin defines bowderlization as the practice of leaving things out to make books "decent", and lists a host of distinguished text- cutters: Noah Webster, Bulfinch of the Mythology, Brewer of the Supreme Court, Meilson of Harvard. Chapters examine this practice on editions of Shakespeare, the Bible, and look at the current scene in dictionaries and their exclusion of racial epithets. New.

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