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Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) [Novel]
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Switched at birth by a young slave woman attempting to protect her infant 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 people's fingerprints as a hobby, wins back the respect of his townspeople when he solves a local murder in which two foreigners are falsely accused and reveals the identity of the true killer. Witty, entertaining, and absorbing, the novel also includes a literary first—the use of fingerprinting to solve a crime.

Pudd'nhead Wilson was Twain's last novel about the antebellum South; and despite its frequent injunctions of humor, it fiercely condemned a racially prejudiced society that condoned the institution of slavery.

Originally published serially in Century Magazine, in seven installments from December 1893 to June 1894.

Original title: The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, and Those Extraordinary Twins
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionCrime and Mystery
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Pudd'nhead Wilson and Other Tales (1992) [Collection]
      Author: Mark Twain

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Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)
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Language: English

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Pudd'nhead Wilson (December 4, 2007)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 9780451530745
Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.7 x 0.7 in
Pages: 176
Notes: Introduction by Louis Budd

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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (November 1, 2006)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Echo Library
ISBN: 9781406813036
Dimensions: 6.2 x 8.8 x 0.3 in
Pages: 116

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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (October 1, 2006)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Aegypan
ISBN: 9781598184624
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.3 in
Pages: 128

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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (January 23, 2006)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Echo Library
ISBN: 9781846373220
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.7 in
Pages: 304
Notes: Large print edition

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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (February 20, 2006)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: 1st World Library
ISBN: 9781421807782
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 in
Pages: 220

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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (October 2003)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
ISBN: 9781414206912
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.4 in
Pages: 160

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Pudd'nhead Wilson (June 28, 1999)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Dover Thrift Editions
ISBN: 9780486408859
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.1 x 0.4 in
Pages: 128

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Pudd'nhead Wilson (January 1, 1984)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Classics
ISBN: 9780553211580
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 x 0.4 in
Pages: 160
Notes: Introduction by Langston Hughes

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