Posted on April 3, 2023 at 10:02 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Margaret Mitchell's Civil War epic Gone With the Wind has a new addition to at least its UK editions.
Literary Hub, citing The Telegraph, reports that the novel's UK publisher put a warning on the first page, acknowledging the "hurtful or indeed harmful phrases and terminology" in it.
Removing such content would "undermine the authenticity of the original" work, however, so it has chosen to leave it in — albeit with a caveat that this does not "constitute an endorsement of the characterisation, content or language used."
The move comes in contrast to other high-profile classic authors whose estates have removed words and phrases that would now be considered offensive (and were, perhaps, already so back in their original publication days).
The New York Times has (more) coverage of this recent revision trend in literature.
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