Excellent piece by Mark Barrett (Sticking a Shiv in Mark Twain) about the upcoming release of an expurgated version of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn, in which Twain’s use of the N-word is erased from the text.
Anyone over the age of twenty knows that you do not alter an author’s text to fit your world view. No matter how personally offensive you find an author’s words, no matter how society may have changed since a text was written, no matter how difficult open discussion of an author’s work might be, you do not, ever — ever — change an author’s text to make your life easier or better. You can write your own book, you can write volumes of criticism about the original text, but you’re not allowed to rewrite history for your own ends.
Excellent analysis with which I completely agree.