Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben and NewSouth Books will release a version of Huckleberry Finn, in a single volume with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, that does away with the "n" word, reports Marc Schultz in Publishers Weekly. Concerned that the book is often not read in schools because of a single offensive word, Gribben determined to create a more politically correct edition.
Not surprisingly, the project has stirred controversy. "I'm hoping that people will welcome this new option, but I suspect that textual purists will be horrified," he said. To access the full article, along with reader comments by author R.L. Stine and others, visit the Publishers Weekly website.