(ATLANTA) – In an attempt to get the classic novel back in the hands of schoolchildren, publishers plan to release a new version of Huckleberry Finn, sans the offensive language.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be re-edited to replace uses of the N-word – which appears over 200 times in the story – with the word “slave,” and to reduce offensive language toward Native Americans.
Debate over the new edition has become a trending topic on Twitter, where a majority of users seem to be voicing their disdain for the idea. Some argue, however, that the novel’s use of the N-word has kept the book away from grade-schoolers for too long.
The book, which was first published in 1884, is set to be re-released by February as Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The NewSouth Edition.
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