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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