The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel

The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Don Marquis, Introduction by Michael Sims

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  • Format: Paperback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 26mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 014303975X
  • ISBN 13: 9780143039754
  • Sales rank: 139,168

Product description

Generations of readers have delighted in the work of the great American humorist Don Marquis, who was frequently compared to Mark Twain. These free-verse poems, which first appeared in Marquis's New York newspaper columns, revolve around the escapades of Archy, the philosophical cockroach who was once a poet, and Mehitabel, a streetwise alley cat who was once Cleopatra. Reincarnated as the lowest creatures on the social scale, they prowl the rowdy streets of New York City in between the world wars. The antics of these two immortal characters are now made available for the first time in their original order of publication in this unique, comprehensive collection, which features many poems never before reprinted.First time in Penguin ClassicsArchy and Mehitabel is considered the inspiration for E.B. White's Charlotte's WebFeatures many new poems never reprinted since they were first published early in the twentieth centuryIntroduction places Marquis in the context of American humor and the history of satire

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Author information

Don Marquis (1878-1937) was a newspaper columnist, poet, novelist, dramatist, and popular author. Michael Sims is the author most recently of "In the Womb: Animals" (adapted from two National Geographic Channel documentaries); he is also the author of "Apollo's Fire: A Journey through the Extraordinary Wonders of an Ordinary Day," which NPR chose as one of the best science books of 2007; "Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form," which was a "New York Times" Notable Book and a "Library Journal" Best Science Book; and "Darwin's Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts." For Penguin Classics he also edited "The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel" and "Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief," and he is currently editing "The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime." He has written for many periodicals, from the "Washington Post" to "New Statesman."