In February, NewSouth Books and Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben will publish Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a single volume, removing the “n” word and the word “injun” from the text. The word “slave” will replace the “n” word.
Gribben told Publisher’s Weekly: “This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind … Race matters in these books. It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.'” Gribben explained that this politically-correct volume can reach classrooms that previously objected to the racial slurs.