NewSouth Books is releasing Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn without the racial epithets.
From the publisher: “At NewSouth, we saw the value in an edition that would help the works find new readers. If the publication sparks good debate about how language impacts learning or about the nature of censorship or the way in which racial slurs exercise their baneful influence, then our mission in publishing this new edition of Twain’s works will be more emphatically fulfilled.”
I can see this from both sides. One, I don’t think anyone should fool with literature. It is what it is. Two, I understand that history is keeping these books out of children’s hands and I am interested whether this change will have an effect on reading lists. What do you think?