Ken's Project Blog

January 4, 2011

Huckleberry Finn

Filed under: Personal — Ken @ 11:16 pm

I was over on twitter earlier today, and I noticed that Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” was “trending.” I didn’t have time to look it up at the time, but later, when I got a chance to investigate it seems that some publisher decided they would edit out the “I” word, since it was offensive to Native Americans.

As one Twain expert commented:

Their position is understandable: Twain’s book has been one of the most often misunderstood novels of all time, continuously being accused of perpetuating the prejudiced attitudes it is criticizing, and it’s a little disheartening to see a cave-in to those who would ban a book simply because it requires context.

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While some would apparently argue that it’s better to make such an “accommodation” to expand the audience, I would argue what that “expanded audience” reads is not Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”, it is instead a book co-written by Mark Twain and a modern-day publisher that really, really resembles Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” – but isn’t. Once you change something, it isn’t the same thing.

In other news, the publisher also announced they would be editing out the “N” word, whatever that is.

If you would like to read the original book by Mark Twain, I’ve placed a copy of it here.


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