The woke censors and book burners have thus far slashed and burned their way through Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. They outright banned a number of Dr. Seuss’s books. How far were they going to push it?
Next up is Agatha Christie. Like Fleming, she’s the author of a fairly popular fictional protagonist and some popular novels in general. So it was time for some super-inclusive censorship.
Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries have had original passages reworked or removed in new editions published by HarperCollins.
HarperCollins is NewsCorp, which is to FOX News, the Daily Mail and other Murdoch properties.
Digital versions of new editions seen by The Telegraph include scores of changes to texts written from 1920 to 1976, stripping them of numerous passages containing descriptions, insults or references to ethnicity, particularly for characters Christie’s protagonists encounter outside the UK.
The author’s own narration, often through the inner monologue of Miss Jane Marple or Hercule Poirot, has been altered in many instances. Sections of dialogue uttered by often unsympathetic characters within the mysteries have also been cut.
This seems to be even more comprehensive and slash-and-burn than the Dahl cuts.
Christie’s first Poirot novel was written in 1916. That’s over a hundred years ago. So the retroactive censorship is moving further back in time. (There have been some rewritten woke versions of Shakespeare but no one pays much attention to them and they haven’t by any stretch of the imagination replaced the originals.)
When will the first 19th-century book be censored? What about an 18th-century book?
Considering the massive body of literature, the censors will be kept very busy. Unless they outsource this to AI and with the clumsiness of the cuts, they probably have.
Next time you’re in the market for an Agatha Christie novel, make sure it hasn’t been published in the last 5 years.