The Best of Archy and Mehitabel

The Best of Archy and Mehitabel

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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
ISBN: 9780307700926
Branch Call Number: 811.52 Marqu
Characteristics: 223 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Additional Contributors: Herriman, George 1880-1944.


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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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