Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The Newsouth Edition
In a radical departure from standard editions, Twain's most famous novels are published here as the continuous narrative that the author originally envisioned. More controversial will be the decision by the editor, noted Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben, to eliminate the pejorative racial labels that Twain employed in his effort to write realistically about social attitudes of the 1840s. Gribben points out that dozens of other editions currently make available the inflammatory words, but their presence has gradually diminished the potential audience for two of Twain's masterpieces.
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Open Letter to NewSouth Books In regards to censoring a Mark Twain classic January 5, 2010 Dear Randall Williams and Suzanne La Rosa, co-owners of NewSouth Books; Censorship in any form, however benign in appearance, however easier on the ears and eyes, however sincere in intention violates the natural endowment of free expression. Your publication of Mark Twain's classic in censored form will send the wrong signals to the publishing industry, the wrong message to young readers in public schools. Enlightened minds are not nourished by Orwellian safeguards. On your website you state: A new edition of Mark Twains The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, forthcoming from NewSouth Books in mid-February, does more than unite the companion boy books in one volume, as the author had intended. Let's examine the last part of your proclamation as the author had intended. As a Mark Twain enthusiast, I highly doubt he would have intended for you to take it upon yourselves to censor his work. True, he had intended to publish the two stories in one volume. But this doesn't grant you the moral authority to step in and replace the N-word' with 'slave' (including their plural companions). In effect, you're claiming he would have intended for you to sanitize racial slurs on behalf of two ethnic groups so that you could publish his two stories in one volume. Secondly, making use of Twain scholar, Dr. Alan Gribben, and his preemptive censorship doctrine doesn't excuse yourselves from the fact that you and your publishing company have now embarked on your own rafting adventure down the Mighty Mississippi of Censorship. According to Dr. Gribben's ...
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Limited preview - 2012