The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mark Twain

Narrated By: Michael Prichard

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: February 2009

Duration: 6 hours 28 minutes


Two half brothers look so similar as infants that no one can tell them apart. One, the legitimate son of a rich man, is destined for a life of comfort, while the other is condemned to be a slave because he is part black. The mother of the would-be slave is also the nurse of the other; to give her son the best life possible, she switches the babies. Soon the boy who is given every advantage becomes spoiled and cruel. He takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting his half brother. As they grow older, the townspeople no longer notice that the boys look similar, and they readily accept that each is born to his station.

A local lawyer, David Wilson, has had a similar experience. On his first day in the village, he made an odd remark about a dog, and the townspeople gave him the condescending name 'Pudd'nhead.' Although he was a young, intelligent lawyer, he is unable to live down this name, so he toils in obscurity for over twenty years. Finally, he is presented with a complex murder trial-a chance to prove himself to the townspeople and shake this unjust label.


  • graftonqueen

    This story is hilarious. The townsfolk, setting, and situations are transfixing. Mark Twain is possibly the greatest American writer ever born. The reader is good, but does not do the voices of the people which can be a good thing but when done correctly adds another dimension to the story, as the reader for "The Gilded Age" has done. Stories like this one cannot be written anymore because the people and the times no longer exist.

Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

by Mark Twain

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