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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson / The Tragedy of Puddinghead Wilson (Cambridge World Classics) Special Kindle Enabled Features (ANNOTATED) (Complete Works of Mark Twain) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Twain , Samuel Clemens , Cambridge World Classics
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* Contains additional historical materials
* Contains extensive biographical and critical information


This handsomely produced volume contains Mark Twain's original unabridged version of The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson as well as the complete text of the "Author's Note to Those Extraordinary Twins". A searching critique of racism in America, Mark Twain's novel remain as relevant today as it did more than 100 years ago. A masterpiece of American literature.

This volume also contains extensive historical and critical commentary to accompany the text, including full length essays on Mark Twain's life and literary legacy.


This edition has special Kindle enabled features, including interactive table of contents, text-to-speech capabilities which enable audiobook features, as well as words that can be looked up on the Kindle supplied built in dictionary

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge World Classics (30 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5EJC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain 17 Oct. 2011
By iandliz
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This novel is set in pre-Civil War Missouri. It begins when a slave girl swaps her baby (who is one part black to thirty-one parts white) for her master's child of the same age in order to give her own son a better start in life. Her biological son is raised as a gentleman, Thomas, but grows up to be a spoilt, nasty character whilst the rightful heir is a strapping lad of good character but poorly educated. This whole plot raises many questions for me. Does it matter which child gets which upbringing? Is Twain implying that the one part African blood is responsible for Thomas's bad character or is it his spoilt upbringing? In the end is it right that Thomas gets his comeuppance? The reader may cheer that he gets what he deserves for the crimes he committed but it shows, once again, the inevitable outcome for being born with African blood.

The book has many sub plots too including the arrival in town of exciting young Italian twins, a brutal murder and a trial for the murder. Pudd'nhead Wilson is the lawyer for the defence. He had arrived in the town many years before in order to practice as a lawyer but failed to get any customers after uttering a rather leftfield comment that caused everyone to believe him a fool. He was actually a well-liked and intelligent man with a hobby of collecting people's fingerprints, which go on to be crucial evidence in the murder trial. Whilst his forensic techniques were primitive, this is perhaps the first piece of fiction to detail the use of fingerprints in solving crimes.

This book came as a surprise to me. The plot ran along nicely and is full of humour. The characters were well-drawn and there were many things to think about, particularly regarding the labelling of people and how they react to and overcome such prejudices. The end of the book is marvellous and I now know what it means to be 'sold down the river'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book 4 April 2014
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I enjoyed the style of writing. The decriptions of characters and places are excellent. I also loved Mark Twain's humour, especially the chapter headings though he addresses serious issues in the book, especially slavery. The story takes many twists and turns until the court scene at the end brings justice, although we are left to wonder how the "real" Tom is going to cope with his new life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pudd'nhead on Kindle 21 April 2012
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Great story - one of Mark Twain's best and it was so easy to read on Kindle and it was free!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 6 Aug. 2014
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Excellent story and well written. I have read this about five times over the years, it's very entertaining
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 17 Jan. 2013
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This was a book by Mark twain I had never read and I found it most entertaining. I wish that l had read this book years ago.
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