The Tragedy Of Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins

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The Tragedy Of Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins is even more powerful and compelling, a step beyond Huck Finn’s voyage to enlightenment with the truant slave Jim; Roxy’s tainted blood and terrible decision to switch racially mixed babies shortly after their birth to give her own child a clear path toward success and respectability, Puddn’head’s forensic clarity, the awful juxtaposition of good and evil, black and white, nature versus nurture are explored brilliantly by Twain. “Puddn’head Wilson’s Calendar,” an extended, embedded sampling of Twain’s legendary aphorisms and witty quips is a bonus. Like many of Twain’s later works, Pudd’nhead reflects his darkening personal path.