PC Publisher Butchers Twain

Samuel Clemons would not approve. Neither do I.

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. “Race matters in these books,” Gribben told PW. “It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.”

A Twain expert that thinks he can rewrite Twain? That’s some heavy hubris there.

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3 Responses to PC Publisher Butchers Twain

  1. Chris C. says:

    It’s said that those who can’t do, teach. Well, those that can’t teach, criticize, and call themselves “experts”.

  2. Crotalus says:

    Kinda like the way many Supreme Court Justices rewrite the Constitution, no?

  3. Kristopher says:

    Bowdlerization is a recurring fad.

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