Thursday, March 27, 2008

archy and mehitabel by Don Marquis

Details: Cover shown is the 1930 Doubleday Dolphin Books (USA) paperback edition. Cover art by Sydney Butchkes; cover design by George Giusti. 193p.

Mooched from the US.

"Don Marquis first introduced archy the cockroach and mehitabel, a cat in her ninth life, in his newspaper column, 'The Sun Dial', in 1916. In a previous incarnation archy was a free-verse poet, while mehitabel's soul once belonged to Cleopatra.

She is toujours gai, but archy is more philosophical. It is he who records their songs and observations on the boss's typewriter late at night. But he is not strong enough to make capital letters so it all comes out lower case."

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