1/03/2011

Censoring Mark Twain - Politically Correct Editing of the Classics

The age of censorship is among us. Do we now ban Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" beecause the title might offend the parents of children with Downs Syndrome? How about renaming the Gay 90's to the Alternative Lifestyle 90's? Censorship, in any form, is dangerous. - Brian

New edition of Mark Twain to remove racial slurs

A PUBLISHER is planning to release a new edition of two of Mark Twain's classic novels that replaces the racial slurs used throughout the books with less offensive language.


NewSouth Books will release a single volume containing both novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, overseen by Twain scholar Alan Gribben, Publisher's Weekly said. In both, the n-word is replaced with the word "slave" and the word "Injun" is removed.

"This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colourblind," said Mr Gribben, the head of the English department at Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama. "Race matters in these books. It's a matter of how you express that in the 21st century."
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