And, Those Extraordinary TwinseBook - 2004
The American humorist's classic novel depicting human nature under slavery. 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 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 authors' later works.
Publisher: London, England : Penguin, 2004.
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (324 p.) : ill.
Alternative Title: Those extraordinary twins.