The Best of Archy and Mehitabel

The Best of Archy and Mehitabel

eBook - 2011
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Random House, Inc.
A selection of the best of the hilarious free-verse poems by the irreverent cockroach poet Archy and his alley-cat pal Mehitabel.

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.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of free-verse poems by the cockroach poet Archy and his alley-cat friend Mehitabel, which appeared in Don Marquis's newspaper columns, from 1916 into the 1930s.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2011
ISBN: 9780307828361
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Can't get much weirder than a free verse poet reincarnated as a turn-of-the-century cockroach, and his best friend who's an alley cat. Illustrated by George Herriman, who also penned the classic Southwest Krazy Kat comics.

Archy the typing cockroach spread his irreverent and hilarious poetry all over his column in the Evening Sun Newspaper starting in 1916.
"He would ... cast himself with all his force upon a key, head downward, and his weight and the impact of the blow were just sufficient to operate the m... Read More »


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Mehitabel_the_Cat May 14, 2017

A Classic! Imagine a little insect thumping a typewriter key by launching itself at it headfirst, but as the re-incarnation of a dead poet, he is compelled to keep writing, and his description of that alley cat Mehitabel's life and philosophy is priceless and full of punches.
Altogether a funny and moving little book that can be read in an afternoon.

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