Scholar seeks to revise Mark Twain classic
By New edition removes Mark Twain's 'offensive' words
Montgomery, AL – A new edition of Mark Twain's
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" plans to
replace the N-word with "slave" in an effort not to offend
Twain scholar Alan Gribben is working with NewSouth Books in
Alabama to publish a combined volume of the books in February. He
says the N-word appears 219 times in "Huck Finn" and four times
in "Tom Sawyer."
Gribben says he has used "slave" instead of the N-word at
public readings and found audiences to be more accepting.
Other Twain scholars blasted his decision and Gribben has
received a flood of hateful e-mail accusing him of desecrating the
Twain scholar Stephen Railton, a University of Virginia
professor, said Gribben was well respected, but called the new
version a terrible idea.