My daughter asked me on Facebook what I thought about the censoring of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I hadn’t heard of the clamor at that point and responded in general about book banning and how it’s good for business. “Banned in Boston” was a great advertising campaign to sell any book when the Watch and Ward Society ran things in Beantown. Makes me shiver to think of it. Frankly, I think Alan Gribben’s project to change Twain’s language will result in more sales for the original.
There was a popular cartoon panel called “There Oughta Be A Law” back in the last century that highlighted some of the funnier human absurdities and the cartoonist suggested a new law to correct things. Well, I’ve got one. There oughta be a law that says literary text can’t be altered without the author’s written consent and since the author’s been dead for 100 years now, it ain’t going to happen. My God, if they’re going to change something from the literary past, they should change anything written by William Shakespeare and put it into English.
In the interest of honesty and truth in labeling, the new book should be called Alan Gribben’s Attempt To Have the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Taught In Backward School Systems.
“Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart’s 30 years at The Courant” at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Thursday, February 3, 2011. It’s a fundraiser for the Mark Twain House. Tickets are $15 per person. Reception from 5:30PM to 6:30 PM and the illustrated talk, suitable for all ages, is in the lecture hall at 6:45PM. For more information or to order tickets, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998.
Visit me on Twitter and also you can get this blog on your mobile device with the following shortened URL: