"As Free as Any Cretur . . ." II

Fiedler, Leslie A.
August 1955
New Republic;8/22/55, Vol. 133 Issue 8, p16
The article presents information about the book "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson," by Mark Twain. In the book a tearful romance of a boy becomes involved with the ambiguous relations of black and white in the United States, with the problems of miscegenation and of "passing," and is lifted out of the sentimental toward the tragic. Perhaps the supreme achievement of this book is to have rendered such indignities not in terms of melodrama or as a parochial social problem but as a local instance of some universal guilt and doom.


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