Skip to comments.New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the N-word
Posted on 01/05/2011 7:02:51 AM PST by HuckEdited on 01/05/2011 7:05:47 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
What is a word worth? According to Publishers Weekly, 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
Sorry, I messed up the title...could you please fix?
Should read: “New edition of ‘Huckleberry Finn’ to lose the N-word”
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I’ve sent my response:
Nothing like rewriting the clasics. who know’s? One day Ahab may kill and eat Moby Dick.
But what about all the people who find the word ‘slave’ offensive!?
This is slavebaiting, plain and simple! I’m outraged!
Hating reality seems like such a waste of time and effort.
If the N-word is so bad why do blacks keep using it???.The new issue of the race card (slavebaiting) fails to tell how blacks also OWNED slaves,guesss they will get back to on that issue?.
More than a little silly.
But, in partial defense of the bowdlerizers, the word in question has changed considerably in meaning since Twain used it.
NewSouth Books is a ninth-rate small publisher based in Alabama. OBVIOUSLY they are both looking for some publicity
AND trying to cash in on what they see as the ‘trend’ of increasing numbers of schools’ being amenable to the idea of altering these classics so as to be in the vanguard of PC. The mere act of issuing an edition without the N word or the word Injun presupposes there will be enough schools and students who these books can be disseminated to to make it worth their while to put out this PC alteration.
It’s a stupid gamble, since they’re “answering a need”, as they see it, but also trying to FOSTER a continuing need, by letting it be known that THEIR editions are there for any school that wants to buy them.And on top of all that, they need to MAKE MONEY ON IT.
Hard to imagine they’ll make anything on this enterprise, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find the long arm of the Obama Administration or its surrogates somewhere in this, helping out with some secret or indirect funding.
NO REPUTABLE PUBLISHER would ever do this to an American Classic like Huck Finn.
THIS is a publisher whose audience is PC School Boards, Administrations, and the ‘vulnerable’ young students they tell you they are trying to ‘protect’ from ‘troublesome’, ‘out-of-date’ words, which they think are explosive now, 125 years later, but weren’t then.
It will not be Huck Finn... it will be something else.
This is silly. However, the book will be a 1/3 shorter ;)
See my reply # 10 following yours.Of course,
The word has changed in meaning since it was first used in Huckleberry Finn, but that’s not what’s on the agenda of the Publishers or the people they’re intending to serve.
Chances are very high that changing the N-word to ‘slave’ will NOT go unnoticed by any kid reading this word, thereby backfiring, and HEIGHTENING the fact that the N-word was used all those years ago. So they tend to wind up in the same place intellectually as if they’d just been given the original version to read. THIS time, though, they’ve had a little detour on the road to Political Correctness they didn’t need, and probably would laugh at once it becomes clear to them.
Wonder what Samuel Langhorne Clemens would have to say about this.
“Never let your schoolin’ interfere with your education”.
This is garbage.
The juxtaposition of the character’s derogatory name, “Nigger Jim”, with his absolutely saintly character, gives the book punch. Twain was a masterful writer; these morons want to emasculate him.
NewSouth Books is a ninth-rate small publisher based in Alabama. OBVIOUSLY they are both looking for some publicity AND trying to cash in on what they see as the trend ... And on top of all that, they need to MAKE MONEY ON IT.
Oh no, capitalism. It's not like this is the first classic to be expurgated for use in schools. I thought FR was in favor of letting people make a buck.
He'd probably show up on the publisher's doorstep- with a shotgun!
That’s only if it’s something a freeper likes.
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