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Mark Twain and the N-word - The Globe and Mail

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Should classic novels be updated to suit modern tastes and mores?

An American publishing firm has touched off a controversy by announcing it will publish new editions of Mark Twain's novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer in which the word "nigger" will be replaced with "slave."
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Martin Levin: Another thing. I'd be very curious about whether the 'n" word is going to give way to "slave" on every occasion. because, if it does, there are several passages and references that will make no sense at all, such as Huck's Pap's attack on an educated black man and his use of the phrase "free n...." Go parse "free slave," if you will.
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Peter Scowen: But other than that, what exactly is the downside to removing the word and replacing it with "slave"? If it gets more people to actually read the book, which is the publisher's stated intention, isn't that a good thing?
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