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Alan Gribben Defends His Edited Mark Twain Volume

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Professor Alan Gribben defended his politically-corrected volume of Mark Twain‘s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer in different news outlets. He explained that his version of Twain’s works with two racial slurs removed will provide “a more palatable reading experience,” reaching classrooms and personal libraries where the work had been banned.

Here’s more from an article in The Birmingham News: “The Mark Twain guild has brought pretty universal condemnation, but I hope they might soften their views once the book comes out and they read my introduction and my reasons … I’m not going to apologize for this. I want readers to have this as an option.”

The New York Times rounded up commentary from nine different writers about the controversy. In addition, Stephen Colbert shared his thoughts on the new edition–the video is embedded above.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer Republished With Two Racial Slurs Removed

In February, NewSouth Books and Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben will publish Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a single volume, removing the  “n” word and the word “injun” from the text. The word “slave” will replace the “n” word.

Gribben told Publisher’s Weekly: “This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind … Race matters in these books. It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.’” Gribben explained that this politically-correct volume can reach classrooms that previously objected to the racial slurs.

What do you think? The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have already published essays objecting to the sanitized version.  (Via CNN)