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Tuesday, 04 January, 2011

Cleaning Up Huck
(with comments)

Book news: Upcoming NewSouth 'Huck Finn' Eliminates the 'N' Word.

Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic by most any measure—T.S. Eliot called it a masterpiece, and Ernest Hemingway pronounced it the source of "all modern American literature." Yet, for decades, it has been disappearing from grade school curricula across the country, relegated to optional reading lists, or banned outright, appearing again and again on lists of the nation's most challenged books, and all for its repeated use of a single, singularly offensive word: "nigger."

Twain himself defined a "classic" as "a book which people praise and don't read." Rather than see Twain's most important work succumb to that fate, Twain scholar Alan Gribben and NewSouth Books plan to release a version of Huckleberry Finn, in a single volume with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, that does away with the "n" word (as well as the "in" word, "Injun") by replacing it with the word "slave."

Fortunately, we will always have access to the real version.

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  1. By beegee. Comment posted 04-Jan-2011 @11:56am:
    That's a shame. Maybe Johnny will read if we change some of the words. Hemingway's quote is a little overblown.
  2. By was south. Comment posted 04-Jan-2011 @12:55pm:
    By doing so, those bad thing would disappear? never happened?
  3. By Evil Klown. Comment posted 04-Jan-2011 @02:17pm:
    It's good to rewrite history for political correctness.

    Meanwhile, I wonder if the evil profits will go to charity.
  4. By wally the duck. Comment posted 04-Jan-2011 @04:04pm:
    Mark Twain was a very honest man. It's too bad that over a century later we still can't handle honesty.
  5. By PoohPoohBear. Comment posted 04-Jan-2011 @07:10pm:
    A wonderful irony that it's liberals censoring a classic because most people don't read it, and have knee jerk reaction because they're told it has the N word. Maybe next time they should just pull it off the shelves and burn it.
  6. By Wendy!. Comment posted 04-Jan-2011 @11:40pm:
    The N word, in context and as used by Mark Twain is quite a bit more tame than the words my dearly departed parents and their siblings used for African Americans, or their words for Italians, Irish, Polish Americans and our very ancestors.

    Mark Twain had to write about both "N's" and "IN's" to offend today's idiots. Helen Bannerman's Little Black Sambo and other books about clever and brave little "IN" children offended big and adult African Americans and there weren't even any "N's" the stories! She was writing about different "IN's" though. And she called them Black. UH OH.

    Political correctness threatens both Black and White so much that we all risk becoming shades of boring, fearful grey.
  7. By balto bob. Comment posted 05-Jan-2011 @05:21am:
    maybe we ought to just burn the damned thing, but then again just think of the great new industry that would build up around changing all the words that someone or group doesn't like in all the great and not so great literature and the new altered PC reality - hmmm reality, now there is a concept!
  8. By scot. Comment posted 05-Jan-2011 @08:06am:
    The new version will include a sex scene between Tom and Huck.
  9. By Brian. Comment posted 05-Jan-2011 @08:56am:
    Outrageous! Makes me sick.
  10. By Colin. Comment posted 05-Jan-2011 @09:58am:
    and besides, the "n-word" is not a synonym for "slave" so the whole sense is being changed here.
  11. By Lamont Dougherty. Comment posted 05-Jan-2011 @11:14am:
    PoohPoohBear: A wonderful irony that it's liberals censoring a classic...

    Upon what are you basing that statement? It truly would be ironic if a liberal endorsed censorship, but it appears instead that you are making stuff up.
  12. By PoohPoohBear. Comment posted 06-Jan-2011 @04:32pm:
    Lamont Dougherty:It truly would be ironic if a liberal endorsed censorship, but it appears instead that you are making stuff up.

    Let me see, it was written by a Berkley graduate Phd,Allen Gribben, and financed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Yeah, you are right. No Liberals at either one of them. Look it up. It's on the web.
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