Literary Conundrum: taking the n***** out of Twain

An interesting development in re-printing literary classics:

New South Books, publisher has several links to information and comments about its decision to reprint The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, replacing the ‘n-word’ with ‘slave’. There are hundreds of articles, blog posts, etc. that have been generated on this issue. Here are a few:

NBC Miami coverage, January 5, 2011

10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, New Haven Advocate, January 12, 2011

New York Times Op-Ed: Send Huck Finn to College, January 15, 2011 [144 comments as of this postings]

Paul Russell, National Post, January 16, 2011

Jon Stewart/Daily Show take on the situation, with Larry Wilmore, January 11, 2011  [usual warnings to the sensitive]

Check for more by doing a Google News search for “Mark Twain”

Events elsewhere: Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference

Saturday, January 11, 2011 at Central Library, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library


For librarians, school library media specialists, and other adults who are interested in children’s and young adult literature. 

Scheduled authors: Brian Pinkney, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Patricia McCormick

Info source: Kids Ink Childrens Bookstore, 5619 N. Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208  (317) 255-2598

Library Faculty Scholarship

Vancil, David.  “Fisher Ames, Jr.: Author,” By Reef and Trail, by Fisher Ames, Jr.  Lake Wales, FL: Lost Classics Books Company, 2010.  v-vii.

—.  “Charles Livingston Bull: Illustrator,” By Reef and Trail, by Fisher Ames, Jr.  Lake Wales, FL: Lost Classics Books Company, 2010. viii.

[Note: This boys’ adventure book was originally published in 1909 and is set in South Florida.  It evokes the period, the people, and the wildlife of this era.  Dr. Vancil’s [Chair, Special Collections] contribution is biographical and critical background for the author and illustrator.]