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A shorter version of an otherwise lengthy written work; also the process of selective cutting that results in such an abridged edition. Many classic literary works have appeared in abridged versions marketed to children or language students, for example, or in an attempt to make them digestible to the impatience of modern readers: Edward Gibbon's six‐volume The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88), for instance, was reduced to a one‐volume abridgement by D. M. Low in 1960.

Subjects: Bibliography.

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