Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn To Be Reprinted Without The ‘N-Word’
Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered a classic by most. T.S. Eliot called it a masterpiece, and Ernest Hemingway pronounced it the source of “all modern American literature.” However, it has been disappearing from grade school curricula across the country for years because of its usage of the word “nigger.”
Twain scholar Alan Gribben and NewSouth Books have found a solution. They will re-release a version of Huckleberry Finn, in a single volume with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, that does away with the word by replacing it with “slave.”
“This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind,” Gribben told Publisher’s Weekly, speaking from his office at Auburn University at Montgomery, where he’s spent most of the past 20 years heading the English department. “Race matters in these books. It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.”
So basically, the goal is to make it more politically correct but are they making too big of a deal?
Did you read Huckleberry Finn while in school, n-word included? What were your thoughts?
Did you not read it because of the n-word?
How will the new change affect schools? Will it be added to required reading lists again?