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Pudd'nhead Wilson (Dover Thrift Editions)

Puddnhead Wilson (Dover Thrift Editions)
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  • Seller:bklynboro
  • Sales Rank:19,938
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:128
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.2
  • Dimensions (in):8.1 x 5.2 x 0.4
  • Publication Date:June 28, 1999
  • MPN:9780486408859
  • ISBN:048640885X
  • EAN:9780486408859
  • ASIN:048640885X
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Synopsis
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, 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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