Sunday, April 27, 2014

Jim is not called "Nigger Jim" in Huckleberry Finn

From List of Tom Sawyer characters - Wikipedia:

The words "nigger" and "Jim" appear side-by-side only once in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in Chapter XXXI, in a letter Huck writes to Mrs. Watson, but they are not used as a name. After "nigger Jim" appeared in Albert Bigelow Paine's 1912 Clemens biography, it continued to be used by twentieth-century critics, including Leslie Fiedler, Norman Mailer, Ernest Hemingway, and Russell Baker.
Bigelow's influence is amazing. If I hadn't read that, I wouldn't have noticed how Louis CK misremembers the book:



Also interesting:

Why Jim Needs to Remain Huck Finn’s “Nigger” - COLORLINES

What Would Frederick Douglass Say About ‘Huckleberry Finn’? - NYTimes.com. When a black college student won't read Frederick Douglass's autobiography because of the word "nigger", something's wrong with the world.

Twain's butler, who may have been part of the inspiration for the character: George Griffin (butler) - Wikipedia