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Those Extraordinary Twins: Mark Twain's First Draft of Pudd'nhead Wilson | [Mark Twain]

Those Extraordinary Twins: Mark Twain's First Draft of Pudd'nhead Wilson

A man of many firsts, Mark Twain was the first author to use the typewriter and the first person to have a telephone in his home (which no doubt made him the first person to swear at tech support!). He patented the accordion file, the fountain pen, and adjustable suspenders. And when he published "deleted scenes" from Pudd'nhead Wilson as Those Extraordinary Twins, he became the first publisher to include "bonus tracks" as well as the finished work.
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Richard Henzel, who has toured his "Mark Twain in Person" throughout the United States and overseas, brings resonance and great humor to this performance of Twain’s story of conjoined Italian twins - charmingly talented on stage, but with diametrically opposed social views off it - who find themselves ensnared in a small Missouri town murder investigation. Twain explained that he pulled "Those Extraordinary Twins" from the manuscript of the novel that became Pudd’nhead Wilson, as its farcical whimsy would not be meshed with the tragedy of racism featured within the novel.

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A man of many firsts, Mark Twain was the first author to use the typewriter and the first person to have a telephone in his home (which no doubt made him the first person to swear at tech support!). He patented the accordion file, the fountain pen, and adjustable suspenders. And when he published "deleted scenes" from Pudd'nhead Wilson as Those Extraordinary Twins he became the first publisher to include "bonus tracks" as well as the finished work.

As Twain said: "As a short tale grows into a long tale, the original intention (or motif) is apt to get abolished and find itself superseded by a quite different one. It was so in the case of a magazine sketch which I once started to write - a funny and fantastic sketch about a prince and a pauper....Much the same thing happened with Pudd'nhead Wilson, because it changed itself from a farce to a tragedy while I was going along with it - a most embarrassing circumstance....it was not one story, but two stories tangled together; and they obstructed and interrupted each other at every turn and created no end of confusion and annoyance. So I pulled out the farce and left the tragedy."

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