People: Mar. 25, 1985

To many a reader, Mark Twain is the foremost American novelist and his masterwork is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This year, the book's centenary, has brought several Huck Finn stage productions. It has also brought a renewed outcry from some who want the novel barred from school libraries. The book is racist, say these critics, who note that it repeatedly uses the word nigger and that it distresses young black students. Last week defenders of Huck as a satire of racism were bolstered by news that Twain, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens, had recorded his views of black and white in a...

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