Great column by Terre Haute Tribune-Star columnist Mark Bennett – remember, ISU card holders can go to Vigo County Public Library – Main branch just a few blocks south of campus at 7th and Walnut/Poplar.
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”
Local lawyer and historian [officially our Vigo County Historian], Mike McCormick writes a weekly column on Terre Haute history for the Tribune-Star and has written several books, including “Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash”.
One of Mike’s recent columns: Col. Thompson and the 1860 Presidential Campaign
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
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.]