Mark Twain on Huckleberry Finn
"Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Alan Gribben, a professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery, after teaching Twain for decades, has edited a new edition of Huckleberry Finn which substitutes the word "slave" in every instance where Twain used the word "nigger", and replaces the word "Injun" with "Indian". He explains that his purpose is to get past the problems caused by the words so that students can concentrate, instead, on the work of literature.
Dr. Alan Gribben on his revision of Huckleberry Finn
January 5, 2011
Interview with Byron Pitts
Huckleberry Finn and the "N-Word" in the Classrom
Most Frequently Challenged Books
The Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association has kept data since 1990 on attempts to ban titles from libraries and classrooms. See where The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or and other titles fall.
Top Ten Challenged Books by Year: 2001-2010