Pudd'nhead Wilson

And Those Extraordinary Twins

by Mark Twain and Malcolm Bradbury

Pudd'nhead Wilson

Paperback, 320 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $12 | purchase


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The American humorist's classic novel depicting human nature under slavery

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Fakin' It: Three Books On Masquerading Identities

The Runner is the most recent reminder of the way class can be performed in America, but Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson offers an early example of America's obsession with stories about racial imposture. The narrative begins with the decision of a light-skinned slave mother named Roxy to switch her baby with her master's white baby. What follows is a comedy of racial manners. But Twain's story grows dark when Roxy's switched son learns that he's not who he thought

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