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Alabama professor rewrites "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

UNDATED - An Alabama professor is set to release a new edition of Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" without the N-word. 

Twain scholar Alan Gribben plans to have the books out by February for readers who are offended by the N-word and other slurs found throughout the book.

The original work is a book that has already been banned from libraries throughout the country.  Many schools have also dropped it from reading lists, mostly because of the language.  Twain uses the N-word more than 200 times. 

"How caustic he is.  He's Mark Twain.  Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer have become great works of literature in America and are part of a satirical history," observed Carrie Custer, Dir. Lindale Library.  She thinks calls rewriting Twain's work censorship. 

Instead of the "N-word," the word "slave" would be used in the new edition, "Half-breed" would be changed to "Half-blood", "Injun to Indian," to make some readers more comfortable. 

But Custer is worried the changes to Twain are just the beginning. "Other authors, other great works of literature, we're going to be sanitizing them as well."

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