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Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins

ISBN-10: 0393950271
ISBN-13: 9780393950274
Edition: 1980
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.00
Copyright year: 1980
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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.

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Introduction
A Whisper to the Reader
Pudd'nhead Wins His Name
Driscoll Spares His Slaves
Roxy Plays a Shrewd Trick
The Ways of the Changelings
The Twins Thrill Dawson's Landing
Swimming in Glory
The Unknown Nymph
Marse Tom Tramples His Chance
Tom Practises Sycophancy
The Nymph Revealed
Pudd'nhead's Startling Discovery
The Shame of Judge Driscoll
Tom Stares at Ruin
Roxana Insists Upon Reform
The Robber Robbed
Sold Down the River
The Judge Utters Dire Prophecy
Roxana Commands
The Prophecy Realized
The Murderer Chuckles
Doom

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