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Mark Twain's Neglected Classic:
The Moral Astringency of "Pudd'nhead Wilson"

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“Pudd’nhead Wilson” is not faultless—no book of Mark Twain’s is that—but it is all the same the masterly work of a great writer. Yet it is very little known. One cannot easily find anyone, English or American, who has read it (at least that is my experience), and it would seem never at any time to have had the beginnings of the recognition that is its due. Its reputation—if it may be said to have a reputation—would not encourage a strenuous search for a copy of the book, unless in an admirer of Huckleberry Finn who was curious to look over one of the author’s ephemeral productions, one that also dealt in its way with life in Hannibal, Missouri, the village of Mark Twain’s childhood.

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