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Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

Pudd'nhead Wilson (original 1894; edition 1959)

by Mark Twain

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Title:Pudd'nhead Wilson
Authors:Mark Twain
Info:New York, 1959.
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Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain (1894)



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I really enjoyed this story that opens up the "nature vs. nurture" debate. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
I liked this book. It was humorous and also interesting. Although somewhat predictable at points, I enjoyed the irony of the slave/free relationship and the "pudd'nhead" versus intelligence character of Wilson. It is impressive that Twain was able to blend comic, satire, moral comment, and societal comment without ackwardness. ( )
  GlennBell | Jul 21, 2015 |
A wonderful story by Mark Twain about a slave who believes she will be sold down the river. She switches her son with the judge's nephew when they are babies. She takes care of them. The tragedy of the judge's death comes to a head near the end of the story which is blamed on the foreign twins. ( )
  terrygraap | Jun 4, 2015 |
The main character was nicknamed "Pudd'nhead" because of his common sense, tongue-in-cheek ironies, and innovative ideas that no one understood. Excellent specimen of Mark Twain's famous wit. I decided to read it because I had read so many fascinating quotes from it. ( )
  krista.rutherford | May 17, 2015 |
Once I got past Twain's characteristic offensive language concerning slaves and persons with darker skin, I actually loved this book. It made it easier that the narrator's position regarding skin color was not derogatory, just how he referred to them, as was common in the 1890s when the book was written. The novel had Twain's usual wit and clever dialog. It had a fascinating premise, and the courtroom scene was so much fun! The whole thing was an engaging read! I'm surprised it's not as well known as some of Mark Twain's other works. Maybe since it wasn't a "children's book" it wasn't as popular, but I think it could stand it's own against The Adventure of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn.

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Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Yes

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  lauraodom | Apr 16, 2015 |
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Budd, LouisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
González Cremona, Juan Manuelsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holbrook, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leavis, F. R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The scene of this chronicle is the town of Dawson's Landing, on the Missouri side of the Mississippi, half a day's journey, per steamboat, from St. Louis.

-Pudd'nhead Wilson
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This work is the novel Pudd'nhead Wilson, a single work, originally published in the U.S. in The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy of Those Extraordinary Twins.

Editions that include both Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins are a different work and should be separated.
Please keep the Norton Critical Edition books un-combined with the rest of them - it is significantly different with thorough explanatory annotations, and with additional essays and reviews by other writers. Thank you.
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At the beginning of Pudd'nhead Wilson a young slave woman, fearing for her infant's son's life, exchanges her light-skinned child with her master's.  From this rather simple premise Mark Twain fashioned one of his most entertaining, funny, yet biting novels.  On its surface, Pudd'nhead Wilson possesses all the elements of an engrossing nineteenth-century mystery:  reversed identities, a horrible crime, an eccentric detective, a suspenseful courtroom drama, and a surprising, unusual solution.  Yet it is not a mystery novel.  Seething with the undercurrents of antebellum southern culture, the book is a savage indictment in which the real criminal is society, and racial prejudice and slavery are the crimes.  Written in 1894, Pudd'nhead Wilson glistens with characteristic Twain humor, with suspense, and with pointed irony:  a gem among the author's later works.

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The story of Roxy, a slave woman, who switches her baby with her master's almost indentical white infant. Thinking she guaranteed the future of her own child, now technically free, Roxy has, in fact, just tragically complicated his life and her own.

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