Mark Twain books edit out N-word



    Efforts to republish two Mark Twain classics minus racial slurs have people talking.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Efforts to republish two Mark Twain classics minus racial slurs have people talking.
     
    Twain scholar Alan Gribben would like to see the N-word erased from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, and he is pushing to make that vision a reality.

     
    The Associated Press reports that Alan is working with NewSouth Books in Alabama to publish the books together in one volume. The new edition would use “slave” in place of the N-word, which appears in both books a combined total of 223 times. Alan’s version of the book would also change the name of the villain in Tom Sawyer from “Injun Joe” to “Indian Joe” and swap out “half-breed” for “half-blood.”  

     
    Alan feels that the controversial edits are important because they may save the novels from being placed on the list of books banned from schools.  
     
    Professor Stephen Railton of the University of Virginia thinks the censorship is “a terrible idea,” but we wanted to know what you think. We asked Sister 2 Sister fans on Facebook what they thought about the changes, and it drew mixed reaction.


     
    As of press time, for every fan who Liked the idea, it seemed there was another who disagreed with the decision to cut the N-word from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.

     
    “Leave it alone! Changing one word will not change the past and will not [affect the] future,” said Frances Palmer.
     
    “It should stay the same so children will know how things were,” Redina Thomas told S2S. “No need to cover up what really was!!!”


     
    Mela Delany, however, offered up a compromise, stating, “I think both versions should be made available. I want to read it how it was [written].” 


     
    We’d still love to hear from you guys, though. Tell us what you think about new versions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer hitting store shelves in the comments section below


     

     

    – Sonya Eskridge


     

     

     

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