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This is an auction for ARCHY & MEHITABEL, by Don Marquis.

Amazon.com reviews:

"ARCHY AND MEHITABEL is the classic tale of Archy the cockroach, and Mehitabel the cat in her ninth life. Since the first of Archy's adventures was published in 1916, this free verse poem has become an essential part of American literature."

"Of all the literary genres, humor has the shortest shelf life - except for ARCHY AND MEHITABEL, that is. Archy is a cockroach, inside whom resides the soul of a free-verse poet; he communicates with Don Marquis by leaping upon the keys of the columnist's typewriter. In poems of varying length, Archy pithily describes his wee world, the main fixture of which is Mehitabel, a devil-may-care alley cat. Archy's music will linger in your head long after you finish the book. Here's a tiny taste from his interview with a mummy:

what ho
my regal leatherface says i

greetings
little scatter footed
scarab
says he

"Writers (particularly journalists) can go lifetimes without attaining such loose-limbed grace. Marquis did the impossible: he made a cockroach loveable."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 1963.

166 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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