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Another side to the "Huckleberry Finn" debate

Twain Alan Gribben, editor of the controversial NewSouth version of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn - which removes the "N" word and replaces it with "slave" - makes his case at PW.com for making the change.

Gribben, who cofounded the Mark Twain Circle of America and teaches at Auburn University in Montgomery, writes of the controversy:

"At this point I feel a little like Twain when he described (in Roughing It) how his campfire accidentally touched off a gigantic forest fire on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Unable to put it out, he decided that his only recourse was to row his boat into the lake and watch with rapt awe the magnitude of the immense conflagration he had unintentionally sparked."

 

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