John Bowdler the Younger
|Born||2 February 1783|
|Died||1 February 1815(aged 31)|
|Alma mater||Winchester College|
John Bowdler the Younger (2 February 1783-1 February 1815), was an English essayist, poet and lawyer.
John Bowdler was the younger son of John Bowdler the elder. He was born in London on 2 February 1783. He had a brother, Thomas Bowdler the younger. He was educated at Sevenoaks School, Hyde Abbey School, and Winchester College.
In May 1812, he returned to Britain, and lived with an aunt near Portsmouth; but his health was not restored, and he died on 1 February 1815.
Bowdler engaged in literary pursuits during his illness, and in 1816 his father published his 'Select Pieces in Prose and Verse' (2 vols.) This book contained a memoir and the journal kept by Bowdler during his tour of 1810-1812, as well as an exposition of Dugald Stewart's philosophical theories and religious eassays and poems. It was reprinted in 1817, 1818, 1819, and 1820. Selections from its religious portions appeared in 1821 and 1823, and in 1857 the author's brother Charles reissued a part of it under the title of 'The Religion of the Heart, as exemplified in the Life and Writings of John Bowdler.' This edition includes a new biographic preface and previously unpublished correspondence.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Bowdler, John (1783-1815)". Dictionary of National Biography 6. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
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