I just read a news story (in the National Post) about a publisher in Alabama (NewSouth Books) that plans to reissue Huckleberry Finn. They will publish a scrubbed and polished version from which offensive language (i.e. the "N" word and other racial epithets) has been removed.
I do not like that word (or certain other words) but I don't agree with changes made, especially so long after the fact, and especially without the author's approval (obviously impossible to get in this case).
A book (or poem or play or ...) captures certain realities and reflects moment(s) in time. Were "Huck Finn" written today, it would be a different book, with a different audience, and perhaps even a different message.
I'd love to know what others think about making posthumous edits to a classic.
Here's a link to the article: Huckleberry Finn News Story