Should "Huckleberry Finn" be required reading in high school?

The novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain, has long been a staple in high-school English classes. Kent Oswald, a freelance writer who works in the White Plains, N.Y., school system, suggests in this commentary that the book be removed from classrooms or perhaps reserved for advanced classes because it is too difficult for students to understand and lacks enjoyment. He suggests works by Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne as books that students might find appealing and are likely to spur more reading.

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