As we've heard recently
, in NewSouth Book's new edition of Huckleberry Finn, they will replace the "n-word" and "injun" with the word slave
. More on the forthcoming edition from The New York Times
Nancy Pearl, just named Librarian of the Year says "I think it's a mistake, because books are written at a particular time in history, and we need to read them with the knowledge that they're written at those times. This is the way the world was then, and this is the way the world is now, when that kind of language isn't acceptable."
Pearl told KIRO Radio's Frank Shiers that if readers are offended by the use of such language in the book they simply don't get it (below).