July 11, 2011

July 11: Thomas Bowdler Born, 1754

Thomas Bowdler was known for his Family Shakespeare -- Shakespeare with all the naughty bits taken out. As it turned out, most of the work was done by his sister.

Read article here.

Bowdler was also a very good chess player. He even beat the best player of his time once or twice -- Francois-Andre Danican Philidor. Of course, Philidor may have been blindfolded.

Pictured: Philidor at one of his famous chess matches.

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