PUDDNHEAD WILSON Author:Mark Twain Pudd"nhead Wilson was written in 1894, ten years after Huckleberry finn, Mark Twain's great humorous masterpiece, and six years before The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg which expressed a profoundly pessimistic view of human nature. It partakes of the qualities of both: it contains some of Twain's funniest lines; it also contains the most acid a... more »ttack on the manners and mores of the Old South ever set down. Like all Twain's works, it is a book for both entertainment and instruction, shot through unmistakably with the genius of America's greatest writer.« less
this brilliant small masterpiece combines an almost forgotten facet of American life, a detective story, a scathingly clear look at human nature, and Mark Twain's wildly riant humor to make a novel as startlingly true for the present as for the past of which it tells. Introductino by Langston Hughes.