, pirated versions were published across Europe from the early 19th century, mainly focusing on Casanova's amorous exploits with 120 women and girls, including a nun.
I would not, however, stop a young person reading the books if they enjoyed the stories any more than stopping them from reading the bowdlerised
Walt Disney tales.
The warped and bowdlerised
tones of Greensleeves and The Sting, howling out on a quiet Sunday afternoon, are enough to make me wish I had a shotgun.
Keynes, in his charming way, set Say up as a fall guy in the General Theory, presenting a severely bowdlerised
version of the 'law of markets'.
Anything other than 'polite naturalism' was liable to be bowdlerised
or banned outright by the dutiful if rather philistine employees of the Lord Chamberlain and even plays such as Ibsen's Ghosts or Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author -- which are now routinely taught in schools -- were, for many years, deemed to be unsuitable for public performance.
The Cashman report only retains six such exceptions (in other words half the number put forward by the Council) and wants a bowdlerised
version of such documents to be made available in any case.
They are computer-generated, lowest common denominator, bowdlerised
rubbish stripped of any ability to offend.
David Pountney has updated the text, arguing persuasively enough that Cambridge in 1909 had an over-reverential view of Aristophanes, using a bowdlerised
text which did scant justice to the author's earthiness.