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HuffPost Table Talk: Mark Twain And The ‘N-Word’

Every Friday afternoon, the Huffington Post editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week — stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.

This week, an Alabama-based publisher opted to release a revision of what many consider the greatest American novel ever written, with one significant change. NewSouth Books will publish a version of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn replacing all 219 instances of the “n-word” in the anti-racist classic with the word “slave.” “Yes, the ‘n word’ was impolite and rude when Twain included it in the book,” one defender of the revision writes, “but it didn’t carry the same historical, cultural, or political baggage that it does now.”

Visit The Huffington Post for more on this week’s download, which deals with the issue of the appropriateness of editing or censoring an artistic work.

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