Regarding the argument about whether literature can be edited to remove offensive language:
The American classic, Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, has been turned into a comic book, had stories from it published independently, and been made into movies, all without the offensive word. Really – if replacing the word that keeps it out of our schools with the word “slave” gets it more widely read, I’m for it. I do think a caveat should be included explaining that:
“Some words that are considered epithets now were in common usage when the author wrote this book. In this edition, those words have been replaced with less incendiary, age-appropriate language. Students pursuing further studies of American Literature should include a reading of the original.”
THAT should get them all scurrying to read the original!