Pudd'nhead Wilson

By: Twain, Mark

Price: $125.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


Early printing of BAL 3442. Tear along binding edge of front free endpaper, bookplate of George A. Oliver on front endpaper, rear hinge just beginning to weaken. 1897 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 432 pp. 8vo. First serialized in The Century Magazine between 1893 and 1894, Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson is a murder mystery set before the American Civil War in Missouri, more specifically, on the Mississippi River. During infancy, a light-skinned black baby and a white-skinned baby were switched at birth by a slave mother. Because the black baby grows up thinking he is white, he is highly racist toward his slaves. The white baby, who thinks he is a slave, grows up with no guidance and makes a living stealing, drinking, and doing other immoral things. During a murder trial, the town lawyer Puddn'head Wilson, who is seen as a peculiar fellow by the townsfolk, is able to expose the boys' true identities. Puddn'head Wilson is a story carried by themes of racism, Southern customs, and questions of identity. On the surface it is a witty and satirical tale but as one digs deeper a biting social commentary of racial inequality can be found.

Title: Pudd'nhead Wilson

Author: Twain, Mark

Categories: American, Historical, Early Imprints,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: American Publishing Company: 1897

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2289653

Keywords: AMERICAN LITERATURE FICTION MYSTERY MURDER HISTORICAL,