Mark Twains 175th Birthday Observed In Elmira Ny

11.30.10 | Sarah Harnisch

Gingerbread cookies, Aunt Polly scones, and peanut soup are being sold by businesses in Elmira, New York today. It's because those were some of Mark Twain's favorite foods. And today would have been Mark Twain's 175th birthday. Elmira is where twain is buried. The town is also putting on a show tonight recounting Twain's life. "Twainiacs"-- as they're called-- are expected to swarm the city today where the famous author wrote most of his best works: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In case you didn't know... Mark Twain moved to Elmira lured there by romance, after marrying a wealthy coal merchants daughter in 1870. For the next 20 summers, at quarry farm atop East Hill, he excelled in his craft like no place else.

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