archyology: the long lost tales of archy and mehitabelby don marquis, jeff adams (Editor), ed frascino (Illustrator)
A whimsical and sophisticated sage, archy the cockroach entertained readers with icnonclastic observations on pretensions, politics, and our place in the cosmos during Marquis' career as a New York newspaper columnist in the 1920s and '30s. Featuring Ed Frascino's original illustrations, this collection of archy's "lost" tales reintroduces a delightful cast of characters who reconfirm archy's view of the world: "the only way to live with it is to laugh at it." 35 illustrations.
“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
“archy is more peripatetic than usual in these books — he moves away from his old haunts in New York in order to observe the strange goings on in Paris, though with that same jaundiced eye . . . Marquis's gifts as a comic satirist have often been written about. Less has been said about the fact that he was also tilting at the excesses of American writers of bad free verse when he had archy write in the way that he did . . . [he created] two of America's most enduring comic characters.”—The Economist
“Some years ago Jeff Adams, a Marquis buff, turned up a trove of papers containing a number of works by archy the cockroach which had escaped inclusion in any Marquis anthology. Four appeared at the time in The Atlantic, but problems with illustrations have delayed book publication until the present. Now, happily for true archyphiles and admirers of subtle encroachment, here they all are, with witty drawings by Ed Frascino.”—The Atlantic
“Fans of Marquis can take heart, there's still more to come . . . Allegedly hurling himself headlong at the keys of Marquis' typewriter by night, archy would tap out his lower-case observations on our place in the cosmos while mehitabel pranced down Shinbone Alley . . . It's grand to see there's a dance or two in the old dame yet.”—Boston Sunday Globe
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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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