Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Friday, July 11, 2014
The man who bowdlerized Shakespeare
It is the birthday of English philanthropist Thomas Bowdler (1754), who is best remembered for his sanitized version of William Shakespeare’s works, The Family Shakespeare (1807), in which all potentially offensive passages were removed. Subsequent editions were published in 1818 and later, and were quite popular. Eleven editions were published by 1850. Bowdler set upon the project to make the Bard more suitable for women and children after realizing his father had omitted passages for years when reading Shakespeare to the family. Bowdler’s bold action gave rise to the term bowdlerize, meaning to censor literature, movies, and TV programs. Near the end of his life, he also bowdlerized Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1826), but it wasn’t published until after Bowdler’s death.
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
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