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archyology: the long lost tales of archy and mehitabel
     

archyology: the long lost tales of archy and mehitabel

by don marquis, jeff adams (Editor), ed frascino (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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.

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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.
From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874517453
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

What People are Saying About This

Joyce Carol Oates
“Delightful, quirky, unpredictable — a gem.”
Roz Chast
“Archy's profound musings on love, politics, and much, much more are perfectly illustrated by Edward Frascino's witty and beautiful drawings.”
George Booth
“The whole book is a pleasure: the right words in the right places with the right drawings. Delightful drawings.”

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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