Pudd’nhead Wilson By Mark Twain

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Pudd’nhead Wilson By (author) Mark Twain ISBN:9780140430400

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Determined that her baby son Tom shall not share her fate and remain in slavery, Roxy secretly exchanges him with his playmate Chambers, the son of her master. The two boys’ lives in the quiet Missouri town of Dawson’s Landing remain entwined even though they take very different directions. The indulged Tom (now heir to a fortune rightfully that of Chambers) goes to Yale, where he learns how to drink and gamble, while Chambers looks set to remain a subservient drudge. But then a strange sequence of events begins – one in which the much-derided lawyer, ‘Pudd’nhead’ Wilson, has a key part to play – and changes everything. Darkly ironic, blending farce and tragedy, Pudd’nhead Wilson is a complex and fascinating depiction of human nature under slavery.

Based on the first edition of 1894, this volume contains an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury discussing the peculiar circumstances in which Pudd’nhead Wilson was written. It also included Those Extraordinary Twins, the comic short story from which the novel originates.

Pudd’nhead Wilson By (author) Mark Twain ISBN:9780140430400

 

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Weight 247 g
Dimensions 19 × 129 × 198 mm
About the Author

Mark Twain's real name was Sam Clemens, and he was born in 1835 in a small town on the Mississippi, one of seven children. He smoked cigars at the age of eight, and aged nine he stowed away on a steamboat. He left school at 11 and worked at a grocery store, a bookstore, a blacksmith's and a newspaper, where he was allowed to write his own stories (not all of them true). He then worked on a steamboat, where he got the name 'Mark Twain' (from the call given by the boat's pilot when their boat is in safe waters). Eventually he turned to journalism again, travelled round the world, and began writing books which became very popular. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are his most famous novels. He poured the money he earned from writing into new business ventures and crazy inventions, such as a clamp to stop babies throwing off their bed covers, a new boardgame, and a hand grenade full of extinguishing liquid to throw on a fire. With his shock of white hair and trademark white suit Mark Twain became the most famous American writer in the world. He died in 1910.

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