From PW, news that makes the blood of fans of the First Amendment and fans of literature alike run cold. The article, headlined "Upcoming NewSouth 'Huck Finn' Eliminates the 'N' Word" tells of this bowdlerized dual edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which will be published in February of this year by NewSouth. In order to make the book presentable to a contemporary audience, the admittedly deplorable word "nigger" will be removed and replaced with the word "slave." (The word "injun" will likewise be removed, although the article doesn't indicate how it will be cleaned up. "Native American," perhaps? That would certainly ring true to the original text.)
I don't like the words, but I like the tampering even less.
Do you think the old man is simultaneously rolling over in his grave and laughing uproariously? Yeah, me too.
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