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The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the comedy, Those extraordinary twins

Switched at birth by a young slave woman attempting to protect her son from the horrors of slavery, a light-skinned infant changes places with the master's white son. This simple premise is the basis of Pudd'nhead Wilson. First published in 1894, Twain's novel bristles with suspense. David "Pudd'nhead" Wilson, a wise but unorthodox lawyer who collects fingerprints as a hobby, wins back the respect of his townspeople when he solves a local murder in which two foreigners are falsely accused. Witty and absorbing, this novel features a literary first--the use of fingerprinting to solve a crime. This gem was Twain's last novel about the antebellum South; and despite its frequent injections of humor, it offers a fierce condemnation of racial prejudice and a society that condoned slavery.

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  • "Switched at birth by a young slave woman attempting to protect her son from the horrors of slavery, a light-skinned infant changes places with the master's white son. This simple premise is the basis of Pudd'nhead Wilson. First published in 1894, Twain's novel bristles with suspense. David "Pudd'nhead" Wilson, a wise but unorthodox lawyer who collects fingerprints as a hobby, wins back the respect of his townspeople when he solves a local murder in which two foreigners are falsely accused. Witty and absorbing, this novel features a literary first--the use of fingerprinting to solve a crime. This gem was Twain's last novel about the antebellum South; and despite its frequent injections of humor, it offers a fierce condemnation of racial prejudice and a society that condoned slavery."@en
  • "The story of Roxy, a slave woman, who switches her baby with her master's almost indentical white infant. Thinking she guaranteed the future of her own child, now technically free, Roxy has, in fact, just tragically complicated his life and her own."
  • "Written in 1894, this mystery story shows the real criminal is society, and racial prejudice and slavery are the crimes."
  • "Mark Twain's darkly comic short classic set in the antebellum South stands as a literary condemnation of slavery and racial inequality."
  • "At the beginning of Pudd'nhead Wilson From the Paperback edition."@en
  • "Switched at birth by a young slave woman attempting to protect her son from the horrors of slavery, a light-skinned infant changes places with the master's white son. This simple premise is the basis of Pudd'nhead Wilson, a compelling drama that contains all the elements of a classic 19th-century mystery: reversed identities, a ghastly crime, an eccentric detective, and a tense courtroom scene. First published in 1894, Twain's novel bristles with suspense. David ""Pudd'nhead"" Wilson, a wise but unorthodox lawyer who collects fingerprints as a hobby,"@en
  • "Mark Twain's darkly comic short classic set in the antebellum South stands as a literary condemnation of slavery and racial inequality. Each enriched classic edition includes: A concise introduction that gives readers important background information. A chronology of the author's life and work. A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context. An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations. Detailed explanatory notes. Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work. Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction. A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential."
  • "Roxana, a light-skinned slave nurse on a large Southern plantation, is desperate to give her son a better chance at life than she had ever enjoyed, and so she switches him with the master's son. Years later, when Roxana's real son has turned to gambling, murder, and theft, it is the country lawyer, Pudd'nhead Wilson, who unmasks the true identity of the two. Considered Twain's most courageous work, this short novel is one of the most sensitive treatments of slavery in American fiction."@en
  • "A slave of mixed blood substitutes her almost white son for her master's baby."@en
  • "The story of a mulatto slave who switches her disconcertingly white baby with the master's son to protect it in a time of strong racial prejudice."@en
  • "The American humorist's classic novel, depicting human nature under slavery, tells the story of two infants, one slave, one free, that were switched at birth."
  • "Hoping to ensure a better life for her child, a young slave woman exchanges her light-skinned baby for her master's."
  • "Tale of switched identities involving one of Twain's most delightful characters."@en
  • ""Hoping to ensure a better life for her child, a young slave woman exchanges her light-skinned baby for her masters." *** "While it retains the comic exuberance of 'Huckleberry Finn, ' this is Twain's darker and more disturbing account of human nature under slavery.""@en
  • "A comic book adaptation of Mark Twain's novel about two boys who grow up in a small Missouri town and are as alike as twins, except that one is a slave and the other is his master. Followed by an essay on the work and its author."@en
  • "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. From the Paperback edition."@en
  • "Slave woman Roxana switches her baby with the infant son of the master of the house in an attempt to ensure her child will not be sold down the river, but the episode has tragic results for everyone involved."
  • "Slave woman Roxana switches her baby with the infant son of the master of the house in an attempt to ensure her child will not be sold down the river, but the episode has tragic results for everyone involved."@en
  • "David Wilson is called "Pudd'nhead" by the townspeople, who fail to understand his combination of wisdom and eccentricity. He redeems himself by simultaneously solving a murder mystery and a case of transposed identities. Two children, a white boy and a mulatto, are born on the same day. Roxy, mother of the mulatto, is given charge of the children; in fear that her son will be sold, she exchanges the babies. The mulatto, though he grows up as a white boy, turns out to be a scoundrel. He sells his mother and murders and robs his uncle. He accuses Luigi, one of a pair of twins, of the murder. Pudd'nhead, a lawyer, undertakes Luigi's defense. On the basis of fingerprint evidence, he exposes the real murderer, and the white boy takes his rightful place."
  • "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."@en
  • "Pudd'nhead Wilson begins with a young slave woman taking her light-skinned child -- fearing for his life -- and exchanging him with her master's child. Like much of Twain, the tale becomes an indictment of racial prejudice in the antebellum south, full of Twain's gentle yet sharp-elbowed humor."@en
  • "A retelling of Pudd'nhead Wilson in comic book format."@en
  • "On the same day in 1830, two boys are born, one the son of a prosperous landowner, the other the son of his mulatto slave girl. To help advance her child, the slave girl arranges to substitute him for the other boy. Then the trouble starts."@en
  • "The first work is the story of Roxana, a light-skinned slave who switches her baby with her master's."@en
  • "The first work is the story of Roxana, a light-skinned slave who switches her baby with her master's."
  • ""Hoping to ensure a better life for her child, a young slave woman exchanges her light-skinned baby for her master's." *** "While it retains the comic exuberance of 'Huckleberry Finn, ' this is Twain's darker and more disturbing account of human nature under slavery.""@en
  • "When a mulatto slave woman switches her own infant with the look-alike son of a wealthy merchant, it takes Pudd'nhead Wilson, the town eccentric, to put things right again."

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