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Henrietta Maria Bowdler, who published mainly in the early nineteenth century, was an editor, conduct-book writer, theological writer, poet, and novelist. She was also the originator of the project for rendering Shakespeare inoffensive to delicate ears, which is more generally connected with the name of her brother Thomas.
1750 HMB was born at Covington in Huntingdonshire, into a family of six children. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Probably late 1786 HMB's first work for publication was probably the editing of her late sister Jane's Poems and Essays, "by a Lady lately Deceased". Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1801 HMB published her anonymous Sermons on the Doctrines and Duties of Christianity; their anonymity shaped their reception, for they were assumed to be by a man. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 February 1830 HMB died at Bath of smallpox, from which she was in her last days almost blind. Bibliographic Citation link.
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