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Dana JenningsThis nostalgist's delight skims the free-verse cream from Don Marquis's cockroach litterateur, Archy, and his alley-cat pal, Mehitabel.
—The New York Times
Don Marquis’s famous fictional insect appeared in his newspaper columns from 1916 into the 1930s, and he has delighted generations of readers ever since. A poet in a former life, Archy was reincarnated as a bug who expresses himself by diving headfirst onto a typewriter. His sidekick Mehitabel is a streetwise feline who claims to have been Cleopatra ...
Don Marquis’s famous fictional insect appeared in his newspaper columns from 1916 into the 1930s, and he has delighted generations of readers ever since. A poet in a former life, Archy was reincarnated as a bug who expresses himself by diving headfirst onto a typewriter. His sidekick Mehitabel is a streetwise feline who claims to have been Cleopatra in a previous life. As E. B. White wrote in his now-classic introduction, the Archy poems “contain cosmic reverberations along with high comedy” and have “the jewel-like perfection of poetry.”
Adorned with George Herriman’s whimsical illustrations and including White’s introduction, our Pocket Poets selection—the only hardcover Archy and Mehitabel in print—is a beautiful volume, and perfectly sized for its tiny hero.
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the coming of archy mehitabel was once cleopatra the song of mehitabel mehitabel s extensive past archy interviews a pharaoh a spider and a fly the merry flea warty bliggens, the toad mehitabel has an adventure the wail of archy mehitabel and her kittens cheerio, my deario the lesson of the moth pete the parrot and shakespeare archy confesses the old trouper ghosts unjust
mehitabel meets an affinity mehitabel sees paris the return of archy archy protests
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the stuff of literature quote and only man is vile quote mehitabel’s morals cream de la cream mehitabel tries companionate marriage archy turns revolutionist as it looks to archy archy a low brow
ballade of the under side archy wants to end it all archygrams the artist always pays why the earth is round poets at the zoo confessions of a glutton literary jealousy pete’s theology pete petitions a radical flea archy and the labor troubles economic takes talent comforting thoughts inspiration a close call immorality archy reports the demon rum ancient lineage the artist destiny a discussion short course in natural history archy protests mehitabel sees it through mehitabel meets her mate mehitabel pulls a party
not any proof statesmanship the author’s desk what the ants are saying