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Literary Conundrum: taking the n***** out of Twain

Posted by isulib on January 16, 2011

An interesting development in re-printing literary classics:

New South Books, publisher has several links to information and comments about its decision to reprint The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, replacing the ‘n-word’ with ‘slave’. There are hundreds of articles, blog posts, etc. that have been generated on this issue. Here are a few:

NBC Miami coverage, January 5, 2011

10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, New Haven Advocate, January 12, 2011

New York Times Op-Ed: Send Huck Finn to College, January 15, 2011 [144 comments as of this postings]

Paul Russell, National Post, January 16, 2011

Jon Stewart/Daily Show take on the situation, with Larry Wilmore, January 11, 2011  [usual warnings to the sensitive]

Check for more by doing a Google News search for “Mark Twain”

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