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Cleansing Huck Finn

I'm sure you've all seen the news stories about this new "version" of Huckleberry Finn that's been sanitized of the N-word. If not, here is a great recap from the Books section of the New York Times. 

Money quote, responding to those who suggest we take Twain's novel off high school curricula:

Haven’t we learned by now that removing books from the curriculum just deprives children of exposure to classic works of literature? Worse, it relieves teachers of the fundamental responsibility of putting such books in context.

The article goes on to argue:

Mr. Gribben’s effort to update “Huckleberry Finn” (published in an edition with “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by NewSouth Books), like Mr. Foley’s assertion that it’s an old book and “we’re ready for new,” ratifies the narcissistic contemporary belief that art should be inoffensive and accessible; that books, plays and poetry from other times and places should somehow be made to conform to today’s democratic ideals.

Clearly, Huckleberry Finn has to be my next Classic Read off the list. The original version.