New Huck Finn To Eliminate ‘N’ Word

A story that is currently grabbing a lot of headlines is the decision made by NewSouth Books and Alan Gribben (a Mark Twain scholar) to release a censored version of Mark Twain’s ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. The book has been banned and removed from school curriculum at an increased rate over the years because of its use of the ‘N’ word. In an effort to prevent that from happening Gribben and NewSouth are preparing to release a censored version that uses the world ‘slave’ instead. Read the full Publisher Weekly story here.

Many feel that the book should not be modified at all – not only because it’s a classic but also because the language used in the book is (unfortunately) the way many people spoke at that time and we shouldn’t re-write history. What do you think? Is it better to have a censored version of the book in classrooms and libraries than to not have it read at all? Or, could this set a very dangerous precedent for publishers to rewrite all the classics to make them politically correct?

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  • http://www.daemonstv.com/ Eric

    Censorship is always ridiculous. The book was written that way and it should be kept that way. PCness must have its limits.

  • Torvaldr

    I am organizing a national boycott of Newsouth Books over the revision and censorship of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. This company does not deserve to be in business when it decided to engage in this type of activity. This boycott will go into affect and stay in affect until they remove this book from publication. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Boycott-NewSouth-Books/154502677931787

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got to be kidding me. This is censorship of the very worst kind, if we allow this we are opening the door to all kinds of horrors. Who’s to judge what will be removed next?