“Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Expelled: Censorship and the Classroom” (2017 essay) and “Bring Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn into the 21st Century” (video)

“Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Expelled: Censorship and the Classroom,” essay in Critical Insights: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,  ed. R. Kent Rasmussen (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2017), pp. 65-80. “Professor Gribben himself recounts, for the first time at length in print, the full story of the NewSouth editions. He also discusses the impact those editions…

Mark Twain’s Earliest Literary Experiences

Alan Gribben participated in a Quarry Farm Symposium: “Mark Twain and Youth” with a paper about “Mark Twain’s Earliest Literary Experiences. ” Here is the video link to the symposium: “Mark Twain and Youth”  

The Big Read in 2010 (Video)

The idea of removing the n-word from Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn–by translating this detested racial slur as “slave” instead–occurred to me after I completed a tour of libraries in Alabama and Georgia to promote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for the NEA Big Read program. Teachers approached me in every town and said that they could not (or would not) teach…