archyology: the long lost tales of archy and mehitabel

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"Archy and his racy pal Mehitabel are timeless," noted E. B. White in his essay on Don Marquis and his famous creations, and the undimmed enthusiasm of several generations of fans - who every year buy thousands of copies of Marquis' earlier collections - testifies to their appeal. A whimsical and sophisticated sage, archy the cockroach entertained readers with iconoclastic observations on pretensions, politics, and our place in the cosmos during Marquis' career as a New York newspaper columnist in the 1920s and '30s. Allegedly tapping out stories ...
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Overview

"Archy and his racy pal Mehitabel are timeless," noted E. B. White in his essay on Don Marquis and his famous creations, and the undimmed enthusiasm of several generations of fans - who every year buy thousands of copies of Marquis' earlier collections - testifies to their appeal. A whimsical and sophisticated sage, archy the cockroach entertained readers with iconoclastic observations on pretensions, politics, and our place in the cosmos during Marquis' career as a New York newspaper columnist in the 1920s and '30s. Allegedly tapping out stories at night by leaping from key to key on Marquis' typewriter, archy couldn't quite manage the shift key for capital letters. Although his tales appeared in lower case, his views achieved a level grand enough to solidify Marquis' reputation as an American humorist in the tradition of Mark Twain, Joel Chandler Harris, and Ring Lardner. Archyology brings together selected "lost" tales that literally were rescued from oblivion by Jeff Adams, who found them among papers stored in a steamer trunk since Marquis' death.
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Ray Olson
Talk about blasts from the past! Marquis was in his day an extremely popular humor columnist. That day was, however, so long ago--Marquis died in 1937--that he ought to be a dead letter. But he created a couple of characters that have survived: archy and mehitabel, a cockroach and a cat whose names appear sans capitals because the cockroach, archy, couldn't hold down Shift and hit another key at the same time when he typed them. Their adventures have been reprinted steadily, which attests to a lasting fandom that will rejoice in these previously uncollected exploits that take the form of short-lined free verse epistles from archy (archy is the reincarnation of a poet) to his "boss," Marquis. Most report on a cruise to France and rambles about Paris; mehitabel's pretty scarce in them, but Marquis' genial humor abounds. A delightful rediscovery, not least because Ed Frascino's cartoon illustrations compare very well with those by "Krazy Kat" creator George Herriman in the original collections.
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“This sweet, sweet volume brings Marquis (and his cockroach and cat) back to us. It's such an unexpected treat . . . Readers (and children and grandchildren of readers) of Don Marquis will dearly love and welcome this book.”—Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874517453
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

DON MARQUIS (1878 - 1937) wrote daily for the New York Sun and Herald Tribune and was author of many books. Inveterate Marquis devotee and collector Jeff Adams is a corporate consultant and novelist living in Belvedere, CA. Ed Frascino is a New Yorker cartoonist and illustrator of many books, including Rudyard Kipling's Elephant Child (1987) and E. B. White's Trumpet of the Swan (1970). They have also collaborated on a sequel, archyology ii (the final dig).

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Table of Contents

Preface
And So 1
What Next 2
Mehitabel's Motto 3
That Cockroach Glide 7
Archy Insists 9
Wish I Were Keats 11
Plaint of Spring 13
All the French 15
Paris Or Bust 17
Over the Limit 20
Archy Repels an Attack of Whales 21
Captain's Progress 26
Mehitabel at Sea 28
Archy Reaches Paris 30
What Can a Lady Do 32
Aunt Prudence Hecklebury 34
Archy Figures Out Aunt Prudence 37
Idle Thought 39
Diplomacy 41
The Insects of Europe 46
Archy Explains the Romanoffs 50
The Famous Fish of the Seine 56
All for Science 61
Archy the Cockroach Turns Detective 63
Archy Crawls Among the H's 66
Georgie the College Centipede 68
Georgie Hears from Archy 71
O Volstead Dear Volstead 73
King Nicky 75
Ode 78
The Tired Ghost 80
Archy Mehitabel and Emmet the Ghost 81
Archygrams 83
The Gloomy Bullfrog 85
No Literary Slave 88
Archy Gardens 90
The Crippled Cockroach 92
Lessons of the Fairies 94
Archy Bewails an Absence 98
Kindness 100
Believe It Boss 102
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