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Pudd'nhead Wilson : Bantam Classics - Mark Twain

Pudd'nhead Wilson

Bantam Classics

Paperback Published: 1st January 1984
ISBN: 9780553211580
Number Of Pages: 143

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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.

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: 9780553211580
ISBN-10: 0553211587
Series: Bantam Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 143
Published: 1st January 1984
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 10.2  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.08
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition