Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson and those Extraordinary Twins (1894)

Pudd'nhead Wilson probably wouldn't have been the most popular guy in high school.

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In Doyle’s Case of the Norwood Builder (the only Sherlock Holmes story in which fingerprints play even a minor role in the solution of the crime), a bloody thumb-print found at the scene turns out to be a red herring – a phony clue, made by a wax reproduction, planted to lead the detective astray. Published in 1903 (10 years after Pudd’nhead Wilson, but just one year after Double-Barrelled Detective Story), The Norwood Builder was Doyle’s way of “pooh-poohing” Clemens, like a cow swishing its tail to swat away a pesky fly.

They hastily declare Pudd'nhead Wilson a town fool, pretty much sealing his...

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Psst… Want to know a secret? Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson may just be a better read than that way more famous book of his, . According to some bigwigs in the literary world, Twain's 1894 novel is superior to Huck Finn for its honesty and should be considered "an unrecognized classic" ().

Many people have the reprints, but you don't see 1st prints too often.This is Classics Illustrated #93: Pudd'NHead Wilson, dated March, 1952.

Twain, Mark, and Sidney E. Berger. Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins: An Authoritative Text, Textual Notes, Criticism. New York: Norton, 1980. Print.

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