The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

The Tragedy of Pudd nhead Wilson PSwitched at birth by a female slave who fears for her infant son s life a light skinned child changes places with the master s white son From this simple premise Mark Twain fashioned one of his mos

PSwitched at birth by a female slave who fears for her infant son s life, a light skinned child changes places with the master s white son From this simple premise, Mark Twain fashioned one of his most entertaining, funny, yet biting novels, an engrossing tale of reversed identities, an eccentric detective, a horrible crime, and a tense courtroom scene.

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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

  1. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.

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  1. During the antebellum south on the western shore of the broad, mighty , muddy, Mississippi River, 2,350 miles long, and miles wide, in the golden era of the steamboats, numbering an astounding 1,200, vessels feed by than a dozen tributaries, they continuously went up and down those waters, and entered other streams too A small , tranquil village named Dawson s Landing , stood, half a days travel by boat below St.Louis, in the state of Missouri, not an important place mind you, but when an intri [...]

  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has biting social commentary, but Puddin head Wilson has all out black humor It s the story of Roxy, a light skinned slave woman who successfully switches her even lighter skinned son with her master s baby, and follows how each one grows up I would have liked to see inside the slaves lives other than from the character of Roxy, but Mark Twain s point was mainly to criticize the spoiled slaveowners In any case, the courtroom drama in which Puddin head Wilson r [...]

  3. WOW Without divulging any spoilers, that was my reaction to the last sentence of Mark Twain s Pudd nhead Wilson Suffice it to say that the book took several twists and turns that I did not see coming, but each of them definitely kept the story moving.There was no way I was going to pass on an opportunity to read a book with a premise such a this one A white man, born free, but switched at 7 months of age to be raised as a slave A black man, born into slavery, but switched at 7 months of age to b [...]

  4. There are three infallible ways of pleasing an author, and the three form a rising scale of compliment 1 to tell him you have read one of his books 2 to tell him you have read all of his books 3 to ask him to let you read the manuscript of his forthcoming book No 1 admits you to his respect No 2 admits you to his admiration No 3 carries you clear into his heart Pudd nhead Wilson s Calendar If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you This is the principal differenc [...]

  5. I read this book in a Southern Literature class about 10 years ago I remember liking the book very much it is short and was a book that I was unaware that Twain had written.

  6. Although I enjoyed reading Pudd nhead Wilson, I enjoyed it because Twain is generally enjoyable rather than because of anything remarkable about the book In fact, I found the book to be than a bit ragged Hindsight is always easy, I know, but the knowledge of how the book came to be written and published points out the book s flaws in a way that is hard to ignore The book was to have been called Those Extraordinary Twins, and was to have been a farcical love story between a lightweight heroine [...]

  7. The transparent plot earned this read a three star rating The author s voice was very unique and distinct but the story itself was so so It had a missing piece feel to it like it was part of a continuous storyline and I happened to snag book three The only memorable part for me was how the character obtained his childishly silly nickname You know I walked around for at least three days calling everyone in my house a Pudd nhead.

  8. Found myself laughing out loud as I read this one Mark Twain s style of implementing his dry, cynical wit into his writings was magnificent If you happen to pick up the version with the forward by T.S Elliot, skip the forward All he does is talk of why Twain sucked as well as all other American authors except his beloved Henry James The book is hilarious and has some great, down home wisdom in it.

  9. Mark Twain wrote this novel when he was pretty old, pretty crabby, and living in Europe to avoid creditors and the other people who made him feel old and crabby Really, it s a simple story A light skinned slave woman swaps her baby with her master s baby, hoping to ensure the former a happier life without the risk of being sold down the river, and the rest of the book builds suspense for the big moment when true identities are revealed I ve read a few reviews that allege that Pudd nhead Wilson i [...]

  10. Pudd nhead Wilson is a brisk, strange concoction of adventure, mystery and social commentary It is also a disjointed combination of the astute and the naive Twain shows biting commentary on the wickedness of slave laws, but appears to condone the honor of the barbaric custom of dueling he cleverly explains the forensic power of fingerprints before they were used commonly in criminal investigation but also ascribes scientific power to the flim flammery of palmistry Even the title feels odd Pudd n [...]

  11. The Show Trial21 January 2013 I had never heard of this story until I purchased a Samuel Clements aka Mark Twain book that contained it with two of the stories of his Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer that I wanted to read and it also contained the Prince and the Pauper In a way this story is very similar, but very different, to Prince and the Pauper The similarities involve two boys that take each other s place, but that is pretty much where the similarities end This story is set in the United St [...]

  12. Well let me start of by saying I bought six of Mark Twain s books for twelve dollars SAY WHAT Library sale, that is what I bought them because I know he wrote many classics and I HAD TO HAVE THEM Wasn t sure if I would be interested in his stories because in high school all I heard was negative things Pushing those thoughts aside I read this novel, which is the shortest of the six I have.Needless to say it was great I really enjoyed it Predictable, but fun to read This story is about two babies, [...]

  13. I ve been on a Mark Twain kick, having just finished listening to Librivox readings of The Innocents Abroad, which I loved Tom Sawyer, which I enjoyed a lot and Huckleberry Finn, which I enjoyed less and thought I d find out what this lesser known book was like I guess I was at a point of diminishing returns I happened to listen to the author s notes at the end before starting the book, in the process learning that the two Italian twins in the story started out as conjoined twins, but they were [...]

  14. The trouble with studying literature is that close examination of a book can drain the enjoyment from reading it As the feller said, if you take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you ll discover is a non working cat Every now and then you strike lucky, and your deep study of a book only increases your enjoyment of it Puddn head Wilson blends a fairly standard baby swap plot device with a proto crime novel thing in the second half, but as usual with Twain, it s the dessicated prose [...]

  15. A for Mark Twain This is my first book that I have read by him, and I found it absolutely amazing For one, I am not usually a fan of classic books or maybe I just haven t really given myself a chance at them , but I found myself engaged and ready to finish this book as fast as I could.Surprisingly, this was one of our books for English III that we had to read I just finished it, and I just can t stop saying just how great it was I am shocked by how Mark Twain was able to create such an amazing s [...]

  16. This was a bit hard to follow with how busy I was when I was reading it I was listening to it rather than reading it, because I didn t find a copy I could keep on me all the time Mark Twain s colloquial writing made it generally easier, but there is too much emphasis on the legal governmental system at the time It s very good book if it is properly followed I loved the idea of the book, and especially the Author s Note at the end, as to how the book came to be written I believe that I ll be read [...]

  17. I found this book utterly fascinating I had no idea what this book was about until I delved into it and I was completely absorbed from page one This book deals with prejudice in just about every area that you can think of intellect, race, gender, social class and there was even some xenophobia thrown in for good measure.This is a wonderful book for discussion

  18. Mark Twain is always enjoyable This story of two switched babies is intriguing, and Pudd nhead Wilson saves the day But much as I liked this one, it wasn t my favorite It didn t have the magic of Huckleberry Finn for me I m glad I read it, but it doesn t come with a high recommendation from mejust medium

  19. While I liked the basic story, I don t feel that this is one of Twain s better efforts I am surprised that it is on the Guardian s list of 1000 novels everyone should read instead of The Prince and the Pauper which I think is much better.

  20. An interesting novel in a number of respects, Pudd nhead Wilson was one of Twain s later works Incorporating common devices from previous literature, such as the exchange of infants that he used in his own The Prince and the Pauper, Twain has created a memorable and unique work that, if not one of his most outstanding, is nevertheless worthy of attention It seems very much an experimental novel, reaching in creative directions but somehow lacking a smoothness and unity that would elevate it to t [...]

  21. e er ocukken mark twain okumu ve sevmi seniz, bu kitap elinizdeyken de mesinler keyfinize n ktedan bir dilin alt na gizlenmi toplumsal ya am analizleri ve su analizinde parmak izinin erken d nemde kullan lmas mevzuu dumas pere okurken nas l e lendiysem twain i okurken ayn hissiyattayd m c mleler ok basitti, karakterler derin de ildi, tasvir neredeyse hi s ylemlerle ukalal k yapmak yerine kitab yaz ld d nem i erisinde de erlendiriyorum ve okudu uma pi man olmad m s yleyebiliyorum s rf iy [...]

  22. Amusing and cautionary tale of deception which doubles as a fable on the evils of slavery This is perhaps one of the first novels that outlines white privilege Written in the late 1800s, this novel is way ahead of its time Twain was able to see the viability of fingerprints as a form of evidence long before it was adopted in real life That ability to understand the long term impact of science in ways that change world views is extraordinary The book is not without it s pitfalls Slavery is painte [...]

  23. We all read Tom Sawyer when we were kids, and most of us had read Huckleberry Finn in high school English class These are both great American classics, and deserve all the attention and various film versions they get However, I believe that Pudd nhead Wilson must be one of Mark Twain s most unsung masterpieces This story, named for a bright, but eccentric young attorney, Tom Wilson, whose community thinks he is a pudd nhead, makes some very astute statements about the ironies of racism and slave [...]

  24. The note of the author at the very end of the book made me laugh than any of the rest of the book did Twain wrote at the end there in his candid non fiction way that is so charmingly witty The rest of the book was a delight to read as well It was a great carrier as most of his books are of his opinion and beliefs regarding slavery, albeit put forth in a very creative manner murder mystery, switched babies, oriental daggers, and all that jazz I was almost afraid of the book not having a happy en [...]

  25. Pudd nhead Wilson tells the story of two babies, one white, one a slave, switched by the slave s mother The story follows those boys as they grow up, and even includes a good old fashioned murder mystery It is a fantastic read My favorite parts of the book were the short calendar entries that begin each chapter, a few examples July 4 Statistics show that we lose fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together This proves, by the number left in stock, that one Fourth of Jul [...]

  26. An interesting commentary on prejudice I found it particularly interesting that the prejudice most emphasized was that against the title character I thought it interesting that the townspeople were able to recognize that they were wrong about David Wilson s intelligence, but unable to see indeed, I am not sure that Twain s story really demonstrates that the prejudice against an entire class of people is wrong Both Roxy s and Tom s attitudes toward their race seems to agree with those of the land [...]

  27. I had just told someone I had somewhat of a photographic memory for the books I have read, so imagine my horror when I found my own writing inside this book Yes, it had been 20 years and during college, which is so crazy, but still, I took it pretty hard.The first time I read this, I remember I felt so bad that a son could treat his mother like he did, but I think I get it this time.Tom Chambers is black but when he lives in the white world with all its evils, he becomes wicked and a black heart [...]

  28. The best and most affecting story I ve read from Twain so far Starting out i thought it would just be a prince and the pauper story set in the pre civil war south, but twain creates something great for his story Tom Driscoll is a weak iago and Chambers the poor othello Twain s statements on the absurdities of racial ideologies of the time as well as the practice of slavery as a whole are witty and acid tongued Twain speaks as part historian part misanthrope not apologizing for the time or the in [...]

  29. I grabbed this quickly at the library, needing a book on tape to listen to for a car ride, and wanting to hear some Twain Kind of a should read Yes, Twain is clever and dry and funny And looks at issues of race This is the story of 2 young men born on the same day, one white, one black, though they both look very white and are nearly identical The mother of the black boy who is also the nanny of the white boy, switches them at seven months, to avoid her child being sold down the river And so beg [...]

  30. I absolutely love this novel I had to read it for an American Southern Literature class in undergrad, and I think it s amazing Twain s somewhat twisted sense of humor comes through in this social satire that questions racism and even the idea of race itself.

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