"Pudd'nhead Wilson" is a typical Mark Twain novel. Set in early 19th century Dawson's Landing, Missouri, it has everything we expect from Mark Twain. The exploits of the title character, Pudd'nhead Wilson, calendar maker par excellence and sometime lawyer, are skillfully intertwined with other characters, some of whom seem to take the story over for a time before Pudd'nhead takes it back again, such as Roxy, the slave and Tom Driscoll, heir of the town aristocracy and...well, read the book. Told in Twain's humorous style, the reader is introduced to the absurdity of class and racial distinctions in the pre-Civil War South, a court room scene reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and the quick draw stereotyping of small town America, all leavened with America's innate goodness and justice. In this book we read an original usage of the term "Sold down the river." This book moves quickly and holds your attention so that you will never want to put it down. Although not one of Twain's most popular works, it would be great by almost anyone else's standards. Enjoy this piece of Americana, as have generations before.
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