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.
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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.
Thank you for that address. Political correctness in literature is censorship.
And again, that being said, are folks going to go after the rappers and rap music that is prevalent with the “N” word??
Well, the action was DONE in the name of "political correctness", but I would put action itself in exactly the same moral category as the Nazi book-burning episodes...only worse. At least the Nazis were above-board about it rather than destroying books by "stealth".
There is NO excuse for this kind of thing....NONE. This "author" should be driven from his university position and never be allowed to teach again. He has proven himself morally unfit to teach.
The meaning of the word has changed not a bit. At the time it was a colloquialiasm for a person with black skin. It still means exactly that.
Is Gone With the Wind next?
Is Gone With the Wind next?<<<<<<<<<<
Indeed, perhaps Prissy’s famous line could be changed to: “I’m not familiar with obstetrical procedures”, less demeaning to black women than the original version.
When Twain wrote HF the word did not have the “ultimate insult” connotation it does today. It was at most mildly denigrating rather than something used to more or less justify any reaction up to and including murder. You can’t tell me the meaning and connotations of the word haven’t changed.
If they haven’t, why are you yourself so carefully avoiding typing it?
"The people whom Huck and Jim encounter on the Mississippi are drunkards, murderers, bullies, swindlers, lynchers, thieves, liars, mows, frauds, child abusers, numbskulls, hypocrites, windbags and traders in human flesh. All are white. The one man of honor in this phantasmagoria is 'Nigger Jim,' as Twain called him to emphasize the irony of a society in which the only true gentleman was held beneath contempt."
You are absolutely right.
Huck Finn is one of the most powerful anti-racism statements ever written.
I found the end, where Huck decides to help Jim escape and just accepts this means he will go to hell, profoundly moving.
Particularly when you remember the author was raised to believe exactly the same thing and had obviously rejected it.
Those who cannot see this and instead fixate on the use of particular words are idiots.
I do understand and appreciate your point.
I agree. In a similar note, I remember when the word ‘sucks’, had really bad connatations. Now, it’s everywhere.
Do you think that since he really believed it, he went to hell?
I said zip about "connotations". I said "meaning". Which has not changed at all. Yeah, there has been an onus put on it, but that changes not one thing about Twain's book.
The only people who get upset about Twain are the same ones who object to "niggardly". IOW, idiots.
"If they havent, why are you yourself so carefully avoiding typing it?"
What make you think I've "carefully avoided it". I've got no problem with typing "nigger". It's a perfectly valid English word.
Next, Tom Sawyer will no longer be whitewashing the fence, he will be applying a latex base coat with subtle undertones.