an English clergyman, known today primarily for his ground-breaking, annotated edition of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote. Bowle was an erudite scholar, acquainted with French, Spanish, and Italian literature, and accumulated a large and valuable library, sold in 1790. He was a member of Samuel Johnson's Essex Head Club. He preceded John Douglas in detecting William Lauder's forgeries. He is the first to whom the term "Hispanist" was applied. He published in 1765 Miscellaneous pieces of antient English poesie, containing Shakespeare's King John, and some of the satires of John Marston.
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