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To Kill A Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Withdrawn from Virginia Schools

Anti-racist novel To Kill A Mockingbird and children’s classic Huckleberry Finn are withdrawn from Virginia schools after a parent complains that they contain racial slurs

  • Mark Twain first published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1884
  • Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize novel To Kill a Mockingbird came out in 1960
  • One parent complained there was ‘so much racial slurs’ in the two novels
  • School authorities removed both books while they probe the complaint

By Darren Boyle | 2 December 2016

DAILY MAIL — A Virginia school district has banned two classic American novels after parents complained they were racist.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been temporarily removed from shelves because they use the N-word more than 250 times.

Twain published his book in December 1884 in London, while Lee’s novel was first seen in 1960.

Both novels have been praised by critics, with Twain’s describing the American south of the 1860s using a vernacular language featuring almost 220 uses of the N-word.

However, critics regard both works as scathing rejections of racism.

Lee’s Pulizer prize-winning novel was adapted into a movie with Gregory Peck winning an Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus Finch, the book’s protagonist. […]

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