Chris Matthew Sciabarra mentions in his short piece on that Ayn Rand's journals have been "bowlderized" and/or censored by editors. Has the ARI and/or any other reputable organizations responded to the claims outlined here and here?
The Wikipedia article on "Expurgation" begins:
Expurgation is a form of censorship which involves purging anything deemed noxious or offensive, usually from an artistic work.
Applying this description of "bowdlerization" to the examples cited in the question, and to David Harriman's own description of his editing policies in the "Editor's Preface," I conclude that it's a huge stretch to describe his editing as "bowdlerization." At best, it might be taken as a light-hearted joke and exaggeration by those who know what "bowdlerization" actually means.
I haven't tried very hard to find any references to Sciabarra on the website of The Ayn Rand Institute, although there might be some brief mention somewhere. I don't see it is a priority issue, given what Mr. Harriman himself explains about his editing in the five reasons for omissions which he lists on pp. xv-xvi. He also states explicitly:
I have included the material that I judge to be of interest to serious philosophical admirers of AR's novels and ideas. This standard is, in effect, a middle ground between the scholar who wants every note, and the casual fan who might be satisfied with a selection of notes on fiction.
answered Aug 18 '12 at 16:25
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