Pudd'nhead Wilson

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Featuring the brilliantly drawn Roxanna, a mulatto slave who suffers dire consequences after switching her infant son with her master’s baby, and the clever Pudd’nhead Wilson, an ostracized small-town lawyer, Twain’s darkly comic masterpiece is a provocative exploration of slavery and miscegenation. Leslie A. Fiedler described the novel as “half melodramatic detective story, half bleak tragedy,” noting that “morally, it is one of the most honest books in our literature.” Those Extraordinary Twins, the slapstick story that evolved into Pudd’nhead Wilson, provides a fascinating view of the author’s process. The text for this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the 1894 first American edition.
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display_description Switched at birth by a young slave woman attempting to protect her son from the horrors of slavery, a light-skinned infant changes places with the master's white son. This simple premise is the basis of Pudd'nhead Wilson, a compelling drama that contains all the elements of a classic 19th-century mystery: reversed identities, a ghastly crime, an eccentric detective, and a tense courtroom scene. First published in 1894, Twain's novel bristles with suspense. David "Pudd{u2019}nhead" Wilson, a wise but unorthodox lawyer who collects fingerprints as a hobby, wins back the respect of his townspeople when he solves a local murder in which two foreigners are falsely accused. Witty and absorbing, this novel features a literary first {u2014} the use of fingerprinting to solve a crime. This gem was Twain's last novel about the antebellum South; and despite its frequent injections of humor, it offers a fierce condemnation of racial prejudice and a society that condoned slavery.
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physical vi, 122 pages ; 22 cm., xvi, 143 p. ; 18 cm.
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subject_facet Conjoined twins -- Fiction, Imposters and imposture -- Missouri -- Fiction, Impostors and imposture -- Fiction, Infants switched at birth -- Fiction, Legal stories, Missouri -- Fiction, Passing (Identity) -- Fiction, Race relations -- Fiction, Slavery -- United States -- Fiction, Trials (Murder) -- Fiction, Trials (Murder) -- Missouri -- Fiction
table_of_contents Introduction -- Whisper to the reader -- Pudd'nhead wins his name -- Driscoll spares his slaves -- Roxy plays a shrewd trick -- Ways of the changelings -- Twins thrill Dawson's landing -- Swimming in glory -- Unknown nymph -- Marse Tom tramples his chance -- Tom practices sycophancy -- Nymph revealed -- Pudd'nhead's startling discovery -- Tom stares at ruin -- Roxana insists upon reform -- Robber robbed -- Sold down the river -- Judge utters dire prophecy -- Roxana commands -- Prophecy realized -- Murderer chuckles -- Doom.
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title Pudd'nhead Wilson
title_display Pudd'nhead Wilson
title_full Pudd'nhead Wilson, Pudd'nhead Wilson / Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson / by Mark Twain ; with an introduction by Langston Hughes
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topic Classic Literature, Fiction
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