News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 21, 2013

‘Offending’ words in ‘Tom Sawyer’ topic for book talk tonight


News Release

TERRE HAUTE — Nancy Dowell, retired Vigo County Public Library director, and Jeff Lorick, director of Terre Haute Human Relations Commission, will discuss the language used in the American classic “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” at 7 p.m. today at the library’s main branch.

The discussion will focus on whether classics should remain as they were written or should be altered as the culture changes. A new edition by New South Books in Alabama has been written for Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer,” with the offending language removed.

Twain wrote that “the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter.”

The event is part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest.