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The Best of Archy and Mehitabel
  • ISBN: 9781841597911
  • Pages: 224
  • Illustrations: George Herriman
  • Publisher: Everyman’s Library

The Best of Archy and Mehitabel

Don Marquis

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A poet in a former life, Archy has been reincarnated as a cockroach who types by diving head first on to a typewriter (and is famously unable to operate the shift key to produce capital letters); his side kick Mehitabel is an alley cat who claims to have once been Cleopatra.

Funny, wise, tender and tough, Archy’s poems evoke Jazz Age New York as seen from the alley. 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.

This volume includes George Herriman’s whimsical illustrations and a classic introduction by the novelist E. B. White.

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