Pudd'nhead Wilson

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Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, [1999].
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Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, [1999].
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vi, 122 pages ; 22 cm


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Originally published: 1894
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'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 - 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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Young Adult.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Twain, M. (1999). Pudd'nhead Wilson (1999 editions ; with a new introuduction.). Dover Publications.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. 1999. Pudd'nhead Wilson. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Pudd'nhead Wilson Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1999.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Twain, Mark. Pudd'nhead Wilson 1999 editions ; with a new introuduction., Dover Publications, 1999.

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