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Pudd'nhead Wilson : The Penguin English Library - Mark Twain

Pudd'nhead Wilson

The Penguin English Library

Paperback Published: 13th December 1973
ISBN: 9780140430400
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Determined that her baby son Tom shall not share her fate and remain in slavery, Roxy secretly exchanges him with his playmate Chambers, the son of her master. The two boys' lives in the quiet Missouri town of Dawson's Landing remain entwined even though they take very different directions. The indulged Tom (now heir to a fortune rightfully that of Chambers) goes to Yale, where he learns how to drink and gamble, while Chambers looks set to remain a subservient drudge. But then a strange sequence of events begins - one in which the much-derided lawyer, 'Pudd'nhead' Wilson, has a key part to play - and changes everything. Darkly ironic, blending farce and tragedy, Pudd'nhead Wilson is a complex and fascinating depiction of human nature under slavery.

Based on the first edition of 1894, this volume contains an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury discussing the peculiar circumstances in which Pudd'nhead Wilson was written. It also included Those Extraordinary Twins, the comic short story from which the novel originates.

Introductionp. vii
A Whisper to the Readerp. xv
Pudd'nhead Wins His Namep. 1
Driscoll Spares His Slavesp. 6
Roxy Plays a Shrewd Trickp. 13
The Ways of the Changelingsp. 18
The Twins Thrill Dawson's Landingp. 26
Swimming in Gloryp. 31
The Unknown Nymphp. 35
Marse Tom Tramples His Chancep. 39
Tom Practises Sycophancyp. 48
The Nymph Revealedp. 53
Pudd'nhead's Startling Discoveryp. 57
The Shame of Judge Driscollp. 70
Tom Stares at Ruinp. 75
Roxana Insists Upon Reformp. 82
The Robber Robbedp. 91
Sold Down the Riverp. 99
The Judge Utters Dire Prophecyp. 103
Roxana Commandsp. 105
The Prophecy Realizedp. 115
The Murderer Chucklesp. 123
Doomp. 131
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ISBN: 9780140430400
ISBN-10: 0140430407
Series: The Penguin English Library
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 13th December 1973
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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