January 12, 2011 3:02 AM

Commentary: Censoring N-word in Mark Twain's 'Huck Finn' is ridiculous

Huck Finn is a funny, subversive story about a runaway white boy who comes to locate the humanity in a runaway black man and, in the process, vindicates his own. It has always, until now, been regarded as a timeless tale. But that was before America became an intellectual backwater that would deem it necessary to censor its most celebrated author.

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