Pudd'nhead Wilson


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Pudd’nhead Wilson

lawyer uses fingerprint evidence to win his client’s acquittal and expose the true murderer. [Am. Lit.: Mark Twain Pudd’nhead Wilson; Benét, 824]
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From unreliably identifying birthmarks in the 1845 suit brought by Salome Muller, who claimed to be a free, German-born woman kidnapped into slavery; through an early use of a "disability con" in Herman Melville's 1857 novel, The Confidence Man: His Masquerade; to the use of fingerprinting to settle a case of racial misidentification in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894); to twentieth-century attempts to "biocertify" claims to Native American or Hawaiian identity through "blood quantum" measurements; and finally, to current debates over sex testing in sports, things always seems to get complicated.
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.
Blyn's first chapter offers an innovative approach to Mark Twain's conjoined narratives "Those Extraordinary Twins" and Pudd'nhead Wilson.
Since so much of scholarly editing is occluded work, let me, for a moment, play Pudd'nhead Wilson and explicate what these fingerprints imply about the editor's hidden hand.
All five plays, Jelly Belly, Knock Me a Kiss, Pudd'nhead Wilson, A Free Man of Color, and The Gospel According to James, explore racism and other painful issues with intelligence, frankness, urgency, humanity, and a skill for keeping the audience absorbed till the final curtain falls.
I am also a great admirer of Mark Twain, particularly his novel Pudd'nhead Wilson, where racial and cultural identities are turned inside-out.
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.
It's as if Pudd'nhead Wilson met The Prince and the Pauper on the streets of black America.
He had found it in the Southwestern humorists and would have known it from Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson.
A short list of the major ones indicates how prolific Twain was: Roughing It(1872), Old Times on the Mississippi (1876), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), A Tramp Abroad (1880), The Prince and the Pauper (1882), Life on the Mississippi (1883), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896), Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896), <Following the Equator (1897), The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1900), and The Mysterious Stranger (1916).
Twain satirized the Plessy Court's logic in his most bitter novel, Pudd'nhead Wilson, which was published as the Plessy case worked its way through the legal system.