Pudd'nhead Wilson Author:Mark Twain A Signet Classic, published by the New American Library: — with a foreword by Wright Morris — from the back cover: — "Set in a town on the Mississippi during the pre-Civil War era, 'Pudd'nhead Wilson centers its plot around a decption of switched identities involving a child born free and a child born a slave. — It is a novel of biting social commen... more »tary and enduring relevance. It is also a melodrama and a murder mystery, and it introduces one of (Mark Twain's) most delightful characters: Pudd'nhead Wilson, an intellectual with a penchant for amateur detection.
F.R. Leavis has termed this novel 'the masterly work of a great writer.' Wright Morris comments, 'In a wide shelf of books only a handful of pages speak out for Samuel Longhorne Clemens, experienced man of the world... It is the distinction of "Pudd'nhead Wilson that it contains more than a few of these pages...'"« less