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February 24, 2009

24 February 1825: Infamous Shakespeare censor Thomas Bowdler died on this day in history. Bowdler considered himself akin to painting restorers: only shining up the text and putting it back into its untainted state. The audacity of his censorship has left us with phrase of bowdlerization. Bowdler did not stop with the works of The Bard, but bowdlerized several other great works as well.

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  1. February 24, 2009 10:03 pm

    They didn’t teach me that while I was going through the English program here at Minnesota State University–Mankato. I am in your debt.

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