Archy and Mehitabel [Don Marquis] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This beloved illustrated classic tells the tale of Archy, a philosophical. Archy & Mehitabel i got acquainted with a parrot named pete recently who is an interesting bird pete says he used to belong to the fellow. It’s “archy” (he’s too small to hold down the shift key), poet, philosopher, moralist and futile worshipper of “mehitabel,” the alley cat. This bizarre, highly original.

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He writes about humankind’s foibles, the current and past lives of his friend Mehitabel the cat, and the coming insect revolution. The work sets four of the original poems to music. Dec 24, Forvalka rated it really liked it.

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Have a Show-tacular New Year! The whole book is written in prose. Every literate person should have some familiarity with archy and mehitabel. Jun mehtabel, David Wachter added it. Designers will have a field day with the unit set of oversized props and set pieces.

No trivia or mfhitabel yet. Having always been impressed with the cockroach who could type but only using lower-case letters, of course I was thrilled many years later to acquire not only one, but two editions that were published before World War II. Marquis is ascerbic, funny, political, and prophetic. A beguiling, modern-day fable about a cat and a cockroach is full of wit, wisdom and the unexpected. Views Read Edit View history. That’s not a lit’ry assessment, mind you.


Fun old skool humor. I think of it as like the British king who is said to’ve tried to outlaw golf, because it was distracting people from archery practice. Archyology and Archyology II were compiled and published for the first time in the late s. White wrote in his introduction to The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabelit would be incorrect to conclude that, “because Don Marquis’s cockroach was incapable of operating the shift key of a typewriter, nobody else could operate it.

I was excited to read this book after encountering E. White and leads into a hilarious account of a cockroach named Archy, the reincarnation of a free verse poet.

I do know that I fell in love with it before I actually understood what it meant.

What Do We Care? Pete the Pup is another of Marquis’ characters. Thank you, Dave Barry!

The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel

Please try again later. And then, as coherant cockroaches go, i am personally more likely to re-read this one than that heartbroken one Kafka gave us. Anything with such a strong connection to my early childhood really ought to be liked. Unlike many of the other characters’ contributions, Pete writes about his uncomplicated life without strong political or social references.


Wry and cynical poems from depression era New York, composed by a cockroach and his ratty but ever-ladylike feline companion. The Broadway show had been partly rewritten by an up-and-coming comic talent, Mel Brooks, and starred Bracken and Eartha Kitt.

Quotes from The Lives and Tim Archy is a cockroach with the soul of a poet, and Mehitabel is an alley cat with a celebrated past who claims she was Cleopatra in a previous life.

Stay in Touch Sign up. In the 3 Augustissue of Science an editorial [5] was run claiming to be written by Mehitabel commenting on a recent paper about the domestication of cats. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Together, they cover a broad number of subjects, including politics, the arts, economics, and alcohol An often re-read favorite about a free verse poet transmigrated into a cockroach and the tempestuous cat who wonders what she did to deserve all these kittens.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Mehitabel and Bill Duet. Therefore the number of stars. Archy has a friend, Mehitabel, an stray cat who in a previous life was Cleopatra. Channing was pregnant when the show was being cast.