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New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the 'n' word

Old 01-04-2011, 06:58 AM
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New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the 'n' word

According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books’ upcoming edition of Mark Twain’s seminal novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will remove all instances of the “n” word—I’ll give you a hint, it’s not nonesuch—present in the text and replace it with slave. The new book will also remove usage of the word Injun. The effort is spearheaded by Twain expert Alan Gribben, who says his PC-ified version is not an attempt to neuter the classic but rather to update it.
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I found the book boring myself, but I is a classic so I can see a debate becoming of it. And for the sake of this debate what do you guys think? Is it censorship, or just modernization of classic literature?

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Censorship.

Only a small section of the work is being modified for the over sensitive ***gots that exist in today's world.

If they want "modernization" the entire story must be rewritten.
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I'm not really the literary type, but I think this just totally changes the book. That word is there for a reason and reflects the time. Total censorship.
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censorship, only god damn tree ****ing hippies that have become sensative because its cool, would ever want to change something like Mark Twain's Huck Finn. The word is part of the ****ing book.

i would like to see an elephant do a one leg balance act on the head of the person that originally came up with that idea.
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Lame. If they're gonna censor the n-word and "Injun", what about the whole "Blue Arab" thing?
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Film`s should be kept as is, imo.
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sometimes censorship creates better cash flow. toning down the language allows a broader group of readers to enjoy the book, whereas old terminology might seem derogatory language to certain group or individuals. also, it makes the original editions more valuable and creates greater current/future sales. and people's opinions will sway to and fro...
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Wow - this forum isn't seeing much traffic!

My feeling on this censorship is that it is trying to brush under the rug a part of our history which we'd rather forget than own up to. When the book was written, not that long ago, it was perfectly acceptable to use these words. They should be kept in the books to remind us of where we came from and what we have done. Ignoring the wrongs of our past does not make them go away.
I said the "n" word in front of my grandfather when I was about 9 years old and living in southwest Missouri. He sat me down and said, "Your great grand children would still be paying for the sins my father and grandfathers committed against the colored man. You need to understand that saying n***** is hurtful. All people are just that - people. Some are good and some are not. If you've been wronged, you'd be better off saying why you're upset to get it off your chest." Grandpa is not a sophisticated or politically correct man and I don't agree with him on a lot of things, but I think he was right on with owning up to our history - good and bad.
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