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Pudd'nhead Wilson

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Genre:Learning & Reference
Language : English
Published: January 01, 1984
Dimensions:4.13 x 6.85 x 0.34 inches
Weight:85 g

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Switched at birth by a female slave who fears for her infant son's life, a light-skinned child changes places with the master's white son. This simple premise underlies Twain's engrossing 19th-century tale of reversed identities, an eccentric detective, a horrible crime, and a tense courtroom scene About The Author: Riverboat pilot, journalist, failed businessman (several times over): Samuel Clemens -- the man behind the figure of Mark Twain -- led many lives. But it was in his novels and short stories that he created a voice and an outlook on life that will be forever identified with the American character. Special Features: Pudd'nhead Wilson, Vol. 1 Meet the Writer - Pudd'nhead Wilson, Vol. 1 Fact File Name: Mark Twain Also Known As: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (real name); Sieur Louis de Conte Date of Birth: November 30, 1835 Place of Birth: Florida, Missouri Date of Death: April 21, 1910 Place of Death: Redding, Connecticut Biography Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri; his family moved to the port town of Hannibal four years later. His father, an unsuccessful farmer, died when Twain was eleven. Soon afterward the boy began working as an apprentice printer, and by age sixteen he was writing newspaper sketches. He left Hannibal at eighteen to work as an itinerant printer in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. From 1857 to 1861 he worked on Mississippi steamboats, advancing from cub pilot to licensed pilot. After river shipping was interrupted by the Civil War, Twain headed west with his brother Orion, who had been appointed secretary to the Nevada Territory. Settling in Carson City, he tried his luck at prospecting and wrote humorous pieces for a range of newspapers. Around this time he first began using the pseudonym Mark Twain, derived from a riverboat term. Relocating to San Francisco, he became a regular newspaper correspondent and a contributor to the literary magazin