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Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  159308255X  
EAN  9781593082550  


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"Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins," by Mark Twain, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics"
  • All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Written during Mark Twain's so-called pessimistic period, "Pudd'nhead Wilson" is a darkly comic masterpiece that exposes the wounds of racism in America and the absurdity of judging character based upon class or skin color.
    Set in a small Mississippi River town in the state of Missouri before the Civil War, the novel begins when Roxana, a beautiful slave who can pass for white, switches the child of her master with her own infant son, now called Tom, who grows into a cruel and cowardly man. When Tom's uncle, Judge Driscoll, is found murdered after a botched robbery attempt, suspicion is cast upon two former sideshow performers, Luigi and Angelo Capello, a pair of good-looking and charming identical twins from Italy. Meanwhile, David "Pudd'nhead" Wilson is a wise but unorthodox lawyer who collects fingerprints as a hobby. Shunned as an eccentric, he ultimately wins the respect of the townspeople when he solves the murder mystery and reveals the true identity of the killer.
    Often hilarious, sometimes appalling, and always fast-paced, "Pudd'nhead Wilson" is ultimately a fierce condemnation of a racially prejudiced society that was predicated upon the institution of slavery.
    This edition also includes Twain's related short story, "Those Extraordinary Twins." Darryl Pinckney is the author of "High Cotton," a novel, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, "Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature."

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    More About Mark Twain & Darryl Pinckney

    Mark Twain Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, led one of the most exciting of literary lives. Raised in the river town of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain had to leave school at age 12 and was successively a journeyman printer, a steamboat pilot, a halfhearted Confederate soldier, and a prospector, miner, and reporter in the western territories. His experiences furnished him with a wide knowledge of humanity, as well as with the perfect grasp of local customs and speech which manifests itself in his writing.

    With the publication in 1865 of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Twain gained national attention as a frontier humorist, and the bestselling Innocents Abroad solidified his fame. But it wasn't until Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), that he was recognized by the literary establishment as one of the greatest writers America would ever produce.

    Toward the end of his life, plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Twain grew more and more pessimistic--an outlook not alleviated by his natural skepticism and sarcasm. Though his fame continued to widen--Yale & Oxford awarded him honorary degrees--Twain spent his last years in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about "the damned human race."

    Mark Twain lived in Hannibal, in the state of Missouri. Mark Twain was born in 1835 and died in 1910.

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    Role reversal of the races, incisive and bitterly funny  Aug 16, 2008
    What a remarkable, gripping book -- prescient and ahead of its time, and also of its time. Written with incisive insight and an ability to step outside his own world and look at cultural values objectively. The story of the black slave raised white is astonishing, albeit melodramatic, but the story of the white child raised as a black slave and then thrust back into the white race is even more biting: "We cannot follow his fate further -- that would be a long story."

    Skip the tacked on pastiche, Those Extraordinary Twins.
     

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