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Family Shakespeare Redux
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0209  Tuesday, 27 January 2004

[1]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Jan 2004 10:24:16 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0190 Family Shakespeare Redux

[2]     From:   Charlotte Pressler <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Jan 2004 23:02:23 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0190 Family Shakespeare Redux


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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Jan 2004 10:24:16 -0600
Subject: 15.0190 Family Shakespeare Redux
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0190 Family Shakespeare Redux

Tom Bishop writes:

 >For the annals of Popular Shakespeare, I received in my mailbox today an
 >announcement from Amazon.com that Hamlet: Safe for the Whole Family to
 >Read Aloud will shortly be published in paperback. This appears to be,
 >incredibly, a reprint from Bowdler's notorious "Family Shakespeare" of
 >1818."

I wonder if this is some kind of effort by what is sometimes called the
Christian Right (or fundamentalists). There is a lingering dread among
them that all intellectuals are leftists and thus either atheists or
such church-goers as don't deserve the title "Christian." They
periodically try to reclaim the intellectual high ground, but of course
they have to do so while remaining theologically correct.

Much could be told from the publishing house that is issuing this work
as a serious item rather than curiosity of social history.

Cheers,
don

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From:           Charlotte Pressler <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Jan 2004 23:02:23 -0500
Subject: 15.0190 Family Shakespeare Redux
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0190 Family Shakespeare Redux

Tom Bishop wrote:

 >I received in my mailbox today an
 >announcement from Amazon.com that Hamlet: Safe for the Whole Family to
 >Read Aloud will shortly be published in paperback. This appears to be,
 >incredibly, a reprint from Bowdler's notorious "Family Shakespeare" of
 >1818.

For several years now, I have felt like someone born in the late 18th
century who was watching the shadows of Victorian prudery close in. So
we are up (back?) to 1818 now?

Bests,
Charlotte Pressler
South Florida Community College

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