New Huckleberry Finn May Be Missing Something

Alan Gribben, an English professor at Auburn University in Alabama approached the publishers at NewSouth Books with idea of a new, limited version of the Mark Twain classic “Huckleberry Finn.”

Gribben, who is disturbed by the numerous mentions of the n-word, wants to release a new edition of the book that does not include the offensive term.

The n-word, which is mentioned over 200 times in the original version, will be replaced with the word “slave.” Gribben also replaces the word “Indian” with the word “injun.”

In Gribben’s version, scheduled to be released in February, he combines the story of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer and also adds a personal introduction. Gribben wants to tell the tale and focus on the meaning and moral of the story and not just the content.

Some people think that the replacement will not change anything in the book.

“I think they should leave it the way it is,” Luis Ranz said. “It created awareness and maybe the conversations that arise from it can help change the future generation’s view and outlook on race as a whole.”

The book is scheduled to be released next month and a digital copy may be released some time this month.