Huckleberry Finn novel new version removes N-word and other offensive words, draws reactions

By on Jan 5, 2011 in United States Comments

The new edition of Huckleberry Finn novel now removes the N-word and other supposed offensive words from its text as decided by book scholars and were replaced by ‘a more politically correct term’, which is now drawing different reactions particularly from Twitter.

According to Publishers Weekly, a new edition of Mark Twain‘s classic novel ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ will be released but this time without the alleged offensive words including the N-word (‘nigger’), a very insulting name called to Native Americans.

Apparently, the N-word was used 217 times (other reports say it was 219 times) in the 1884 Huckleberry Finn novel along with the word ‘Injun’ which also has the same offensive meaning, which made the book be banned in most schools across the US.

But recently, NewSouth Books and Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben announced their plan to release the new edition of Huckleberry Finn novel where the N-word will be omitted and to be replaced by the word ‘slave’.

“This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind,” said Alan Gribben was quoted as saying.

“Race matters in these books. It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.” The Twain scholar added.

However, different reactions surfaced particularly from Twitter, in which reports say that most of them were against Gribben’s decision to release the new edition of Huckleberry Finn novel with the changed words.

In a post at Daily Mail, a certain PeterFlom said: “It’s not Huckleberry Finn that’s offensive, it’s American history that is offensive and that is portrayed in the book.”

Another commentator said: “Learning the ‘N’ word from Huckleberry Finn taught me not to use it (because) it was improper, so…why the change?”

In addition, a certain BCarlson apparently agrees on the comments above saying that ‘no work of art should ever been altered from its original version’.

“You don’t delete the word for the simple reason that Twain used it and removing it destroys the integrity of the work. Yes — explain the context to kids, and, yes, don’t use the word in works written now. But a work of literature should not be altered to suit contemporary standards.” BCarlson said, which was posted at

Meanwhile, the new version of ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn‘ will to be published in February 2011, and will be included in a single volume with Mark Twain‘s ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer‘.

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