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The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

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Widely acknowledged as the greatest of his later works, IThe Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, is Twain's most searingly ironic vision of race in America. Set in a town not unlike the Hannibal of Twain's youth, the book began life as a slapstick comedy about Siamese twins. But "it changed from afarce to a tragedy," Twain tells us, in the course of his writing, and the result was one of the most profound meditations on race and identity an American writer has produced. The voice that dominates this tale is that of Roxana, a light-skinned slave desperate to keep her child from being solddown the river, who switches him in the cradle with the child of her master. Roxana, Twain's most complex and fully-realized adult female character, is a compelling tragic heroine; the plot she sets in motion is daring, risky, and totally riveting. Murder and mayhem precede a courtroom scene thatranks as one of the most memorable in American literature. This conflicted, provocative, richly satirical novel confronts head-on the enigma of what makes us who we are.
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subject_facet African Americans -- Race identity -- Fiction, Impostors and imposture. -- Fiction, Infants switched at birth -- Fiction, Missouri -- Fiction, Passing (Identity) -- Fiction, Race relations. -- Fiction, Trials (Murder). -- Fiction, United States -- Race relations -- Fiction
title_display The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
title_full The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson / Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson / Mark Twain ; with a foreword by Wright Morris, The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson / Mark Twain, [foreword by Wright Morris]
title_short The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
topic_facet African Americans, Classic Literature, Fiction, Impostors and imposture, Infants switched at birth, Passing (Identity), Race identity, Race relations, Trials (Murder)