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Archy and Mehitabel – Don Marquis


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Faber, 1970, Vintage paperback – Free verse poem- 166pp.

Originally published from 1916 onwards in Marquis’s newspaper columns ‘The Sun Dial’ in the New York Evening Sun and ‘The Lantern’ in the New York Herald Tribune and first published in book form in 1927, this free verse poem has become an essential part of American literature. The book has become a cult classic over the years and has never been out of print.

Generations of readers have delighted in the work of the great American humorist Don Marquis, who was frequently compared to Mark Twain. This beloved classic tells the tale of Archy, a philosophical cockroach, and Mehitabel, a cat in her ninth life.

The stories centre on archy, a philosopher cockroach who types messages to the author in lowercase letters (he is unable to use the typewriter’s shift key), and Mehitabel, a free-spirited alley-cat whose motto is “Toujours gai.”
Archy and Mehitabel contains free-verse poems on a variety of archy’s concerns, such as the transmigration of souls, social injustice, life in New York City, and death. Archy claims to have been a poet in another existence. Mehitabel claims to be a reincarnation of Cleopatra, but now her wild adventures result only in litters of kittens.

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