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A Crudely Drawn Penis Almost Derailed Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about as American as it gets. Funny, then, that the book was released in England well before it hit shelves in the U.S. Funny, except to author Mark Twain, whose greatest work was almost derailed by a strange prank. Image credit: University of Virginia Library Special Collections Twain was unhappy with [...]

11 Early Scathing Reviews of Works Now Considered Masterpieces

Many pioneering artists have endured abuse from critics and naysayers. But once in a blue moon, time brings acceptance and acclaim, making those early detractors look silly to future generations. Check out how the following works—whose ‘classic’ status now seems self-evident—were once butchered by the Simon Cowells of yesteryear. CHIP EAST/Reuters /Landov 1. Leaves of Grass, by [...]

Huckleberry Finn to Be Republished With "Robot" Replacing the N-Word

Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been republished without the n-word, a term now deeply offensive to American sensibilities. But Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine think that this change doesn’t go far enough. They have a Kickstarter project to republish the novel with the word “robot” replacing the n-word, and further [...]

Huckleberry Finn to be Published Without the N-Word

Huckleberry Finn, the American classic written by Mark Twain and staple of high school English class everywhere, has always been controversial for its use of the “N-word.” (I mean, I even remember my own high school English class debate on the appropriateness of using such word – as I’m sure every class before and after [...]