Archy and Mehitabel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 7, 2012 - Humor - 192 pages
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This beloved illustrated classic tells the tale of Archy, a philosophical cockroach, and Mehitabel, a cat in her ninth life. 

Generations of readers have delighted in the work of the great American humorist Don Marquis. Marquis's satirical free-verse poems, which first appeared in his New York newspaper columns in 1916, revolve around the escapades of Archy, a philosophical cockroach who was a poet in a previous life, and Mehitabel, a streetwise alley cat who was once Cleopatra. Reincarnated as the lowest creatures on the social scale, they prowl the rowdy streets of New York City in between the world wars, and Archy records their experiences and observations on the boss's typewriter late at night. First published in 1927, Archy and Mehitabel has become a celebrated part of the twentieth-century American literary canon.

 

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Contents

the coming of archy
13
mehitabel was once cleopatra
17
the song of mehitabel
19
pity the poor spiders
23
mehitabel s extensive past
26
the cockroach who had been to hell
31
archie interviews a pharaoh
33
viii a spider and a
40
certain maxims of archy
53
warty bliggens the toad
60
mehitabel has an adventure
63
the flattered lightning
68
the robin and the worm
70
the wail of archy
80
mehitabel and her kittens
84
archy is shocked
90

freddy the rat perishes
43
the merry flea
46
why mehitabel jumped
49
archy creates a situation
92
mehitabel sings a song
95

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About the author (2012)

Don Marquis (1878–1937) was a journalist and columnist in New York City and the author of several novels, short-story collections, and plays.

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