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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.
Collections:No longer owned, Shawn's
Tags:fiction, mystery

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Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain (1894)



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While I liked the basic story, I don't feel that this is one of Twain's better efforts. I am surprised that it is on the Guardian's list of 1000 novels everyone should read instead of The Prince and the Pauper which I think is much better. ( )
  leslie.98 | May 31, 2017 |
Very clever. The story begins when two babies--one free, one a light-skinned slave--are switched at birth. My main criticism is that I would like to have seen how both of their lives developed from this trajectory instead of just focusing on the false heir. The free-born child who lives most of his life as a slave makes very few appearances, which is a shame because he is a very interesting character. Still, I highly recommend. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
a negro woman switches her baby and her masters. The new young master grows up and ends up killing his uncle for money. Is caught by the work of Pudd'nhead Wilson, a lawyer who has an interest in fingerprints. Ends with the switch being revealed and the new young master being sold down the river[they are in their 20's]. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
AS much fun as any new mystery ( )
  Joelwb | Oct 16, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this story that opens up the "nature vs. nurture" debate. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
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Budd, LouisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holbrook, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leavis, F. R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morris, WrightForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, Sherley AnneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wollebæk, PerForewordsecondary 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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