Pudd'nhead Wilson Book Summary and Study Guide

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A witty, quirky Everyman character makes use of his spare time (during working hours for his law practice!) defending a neighbor charged with the horrifying murder of a neighbor in his village in 1830 Missouri. But the path to solution of the crime has countless comical interludes with make reading this novella a particular treat. Pudd'nhead Wilson is literature's first mystery solved by human fingerprints.
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The review of this Book prepared by Richard Brear, M.A.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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