Having served in the Royal Navy, circled the globe twice by sea and seen the magnificence and fury of Biscay and Cape Horn, I sympathize with your readers who deplore the bowdlerizing
of the seafarers' hymn, Eternal Father (September and October letters).
Peralta's documentary about '70s skateboarding in Santa Monica, meanwhile suffering from the popularizing surf film's usual problems, including bowdlerizing
and a cumbersome, IMAX title.
Leftwing censors, to this day, insist on bowdlerizing
Twain's text by deleting the language he used and replacing it with something less controversial.
Significant figures of the period make appearances in the play, including John Ruskin and Walter Pater, the Oxford dons whose aesthetic ideas would so influence Housman's generation; Oscar Wilde; Benjamin Jowett, the conservative and bowdlerizing
classicist; and Henry Labouchere, the liberal politician whose notorious amendment to the British Criminal Law of 1885 would provide the grounds for Wilde's imprisonment a decade later.
But what emerges almost incidentally in the editor's account of Henniker's bowdlerizing
of Hardy's phrases is the uniqueness of the latter's style.