“All right, then, I’ll go to hell”

“NewSouth Books and noted Twain scholar, Dr. Alan Gribben, have come together to create a new edition of Huckleberry Finn in which the ‘N’ word — present 219 times including the table of contents — is replaced with the word ‘slave.'”
New Edition of Twain’s Classics to be a Lightning Bug for Controversy, MobyLives, January 7, 2011

Hang onto your vocab-tainted editions, they might be worth something someday. Wonder what will get revised next. Maybe these.

I like this book for a lot of reasons, but I love it for the moral decision Huck makes in the face of the insane world he tried to get himself and Jim out of. “All right, then, I’ll go to hell” is one of the greatest lines in American literature. It brings us back to what is really important in that book and, y’know, life, too.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 31)

Update 010911: The Hipster HUCKLEBERRY FINN
A classroom-friendly version of Mark Twain’s classic novel, with every occurrence of the N-word replaced by the word ‘hipster.’ Thanks to editor Richard Grayson, the adventures of Huckleberry Finn are now neither offensive nor uncool.”

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