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Pudd'nhead Wilson, a tale

Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: New York, Grove Press, 1955.
Series: Evergreen books, 25
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Legal stories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Pudd'nhead Wilson.
New York, Grove Press, 1955
(OCoLC)655238714
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Twain
OCLC Number: 796291
Description: 214 pages 21 cm.
Series Title: Evergreen books, 25
Responsibility: by Mark Twain ; With an introd. by F.R. Leavis.

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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.

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