Lonely Planet Writer

Plaque from Mark Twain’s grave recovered, theft remains a mystery

A first edition ofThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.
A first edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Image by William Cresswell / CC BY 2.0

The bronze plaque that went missing from Mark Twain’s grave in Elmira, New York, has been recovered. The plaque, which is one of two on the granite headstone of the author, went missing in early January this year. Police have not revealed details of how they recovered the item so as not to risk the ongoing investigation into its theft. The plaque was commissioned by Mark Twain’s daughter in 1937 and shows an embossed image of the author’s face in profile. The author of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Tramp Abroad, who’s real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens spent many summers in Elmira and wrote parts of his most famous works at a farm in the area. Read more: stargazette.com