Archy and Mehitabel

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Anchor Books, 1927 - Humor - 193 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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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

These are some of my favorite poems and have been since my youth. According to his note, I gave thjis to my father when I was twelve. I suppose I must have had reason (a hint from my mother?) that he ... Read full review

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A delightfully quirky little book about a cockroach with the soul of a poet - literally, since the poet was reincarnated as a cockroach and now writes his poetry by hopping on the keys of a typewriter ... Read full review

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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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