I love reading about Mark Twain. I think he was smart-as-a-whip and his social commentary was spot on. I wonder what he would say if he were alive today about our extremely divided democracy and greedy American culture?
Anyway, The Tragedy of Puddn'head Wilson is about a man who people called a "puddn'head" because they thought he was stupid because of one unfortunate remark. Don't judge a book by its cover? Give people the benefit of the doubt? Not pigeonholing others? All important lessons taught through Twain's character.
Twain is obviously strongly against discrimination of any kind, and with this book, he will make you ashamed of any time you were a bully or failed to stand up to a bully on behalf of someone else. He judges the judgers--people who try to make others feel bad about themselves instead of doing some self-inventory and trying to improve upon their own flaws.
I also like how he starts each chapter with a quote taken supposedly from Puddn'head Wilson's calendar. Chapter 1's states: "Tell the truth or trump--but get the trick."
When you read this book, it is worth your time to go back and reread the quote from the beginning, because it always has significance. I'm a big fan of starting chapters with quotes anyway.