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But I was also alive to the darker undercurrents of the work: by the pervasive disenchantment of The Innocents Abroad, the tone of ironic futility running through much of Roughing It, A Connecticut Yankee, and Pudd'nhead Wilson, and by Huck Finn's terrible loneliness and grim presentiments about the injustice and perversity of life along the Mississippi.
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain, The Group by Mary McCarthy, Brida by Paulo Coelho, and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel were among our less favorite selections.
This is a signed galley proof of Pudd'nhead Wilson.
He had found it in the Southwestern humorists and would have known it from Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson.
Commentary on Pudd'nhead Wilson refers to Twain's introduction of fingerprinting to detective lore.
Literary essays include the novelist Charles Chesnutt's 'What is a White Man' (1889), with its still timely smacks at Dixie codes of race, marriage, and mulattodom, and Langston Hughes's account, written in 1962, of Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson, with its tough, savvy insights into its Mississippi river world as an arena of blood and race lineage.
The passing chapter looks at works from Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) to Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun and Nella Larsen's Passing (both 1929), the heroic chapter at Aime Cesaire's Cahier d'un retour au pays natal (1939) and Jean Genet's Les Negres (1958), and the apocalypse chapter at the writings of Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, John Updike, and Bernard Malamud.
Ruscha claims that reading Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson got him started on these two letters.
As Mark Twain recounts the process of writing Pudd'nhead Wilson, another troubled book on race, the mulatto character Roxy, a minor presence in the extended joke tale, "Those Extraordinary Twins," forced her way into the story so far as to compel the author to start over with a "tragedy," Pudd'nhead Wilson.
Beginning with his uncompleted short story "A Medieval Romance" (begun in 1868) and continuing in his 1894 novel Pudd'nhead Wilson, Twain was irresistibly drawn to loving descriptions and painstaking explorations of the contexts and implications of cross-dressing.
As with all books within books, one ignores them at one's own risk: Soveida's manual teaches waitressing, but structurally it is more akin to the calendar in Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson, striking the novel's thematic keynotes: "Life was, and is service, no matter what our station in it.
Twain's novels--Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Connecticut Yankee, Pudd'nhead Wilson, The Prince and the Pauper--were popular choices for book reports when I was in high school.