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Author Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Title Pudd'nhead Wilson / by Mark Twain ; with an introduction by Langston Hughes.
Imprint New York : Bantam Books, 2005, 1894.
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Edition Bantam classic reissue.
Description xiv, 139 pages ; 18 cm.
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Series Bantam classic
Summary At the beginning of Pudd'nhead Wilson a young slave woman, fearing for her infant 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 painted irony: a gem among the author's later works.
Subject Impostors and imposture -- Missouri -- Fiction.
Trials (Murder) -- Missouri -- Fiction.
Slavery -- United States -- Fiction.
ISBN 0553211587 (pbk.)
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