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Archy and Mehitabel [Kindle Edition]

Don Marquis
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Of all the literary genres, humor has the shortest shelf life--except for Archy and Mehitabel, that is. First published in 1916, it is a classic of American literature. 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 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. And the illustrations by George Herriman ("Krazy Kat") provide the perfect counterpoint. On top of all that, Marquis did the impossible: he made a cockroach loveable.

Kurzbeschreibung

The now classic tale of Archy the cockroach and Mehitabel the cat in her ninth life. First published in 1927, this free verse poem has become an essential part of American literature.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4844 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: Anchor (7. November 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009QJMY5U
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (11 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #423.563 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Quick, Henry! Get Rid of the FLIT! 23. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
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now granted worlds bestloved cockroach is not
a competitive title boss but you have to agree
mehitabel the cat says that i should just
forget it and return to my dusty corner but
mehitabel is a lady cat who just between us
boss is not what we might call a lady
except by default of her increasing
battered state boss ive been meaning to ask
if you would leave some cracker crumbs
by the typewriter tonight and maybe
a fish or two the ones in your bed
will do i mean for crumbs but the fish
youll have to find somewhere else
mehitabel the cat is hungry and you know
i hate to see her eat alone
i hope you are finding some readers
for my vers lbre after all these years
i know that children love to read it
because they see that i understand how
silly punctuation really is i have seen
copies of my work handed to big english
department gurus who felt
uncomfortable with it
because they hadnt seen it reviewed
in new york or anywhere else so i hope
this will help them because they need it boss
i mentioned the possibility of royalties
to mehitabel and she said that she had
all the royalty she needed because she said
she was once cleopatra and knew only
the creme de la creme but sometimes i think
she was never really cleopatra but is
afraid i will feel sorry for her i do
please find something for her to eat
soon as she has that look in her eye
again and its the
dusty corner for me right now
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5.0 von 5 Sternen funny zen cockroach poetry 21. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Taschenbuch
don marquis, a newspaper columnist, claimed that some mornings he used to find poetry and essays in his typewriter (this was way before wordprocessing) written by a former free-verse poet (sort of a 1910s variation on a beatnik) who had been reincarnated as a cockroach named archy and thus was condemned to write by diving into the keyboard one letter at a time. and no shift key, so no capitalization. so these newspaper columns looked a little like this. i used to wonder how archy work the return key at the end of the lines but I guess he got mehitabel to help. mehitabel is archy's friend and antagonist, an alley cat of great pretensions and charm. all of this sounds awfully coy, i know, like one of those hideous mystery novels where somebody's pet chihuahua solves the crime. but it isn't. it is sad and strange and very funny, especially on the subjects of writing, new york, and poverty. fans of george herriman (artist and writer of "krazy kat") especially should check this out. one of life's lower-case pleasures.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Found in a college mailbox 13. März 2000
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Archy and Mehitabel came into my college mailbox over and over again back in the early 40s. I was being courted by a fellow journalism classmate, who began typing sections from Marquis' book and sending them to me anonymously through the college post office. Occasionally, he alternated Archy with red roses. We worked together on the college publication, twice a week, for three years. And eventually married. Just last night our son, now 51, and I were recalling the book, which I had not seen (or even thought about for many years). The copy of the hardback which he gave me has long since vanished from my shelves, much to my dismay. That seems to happen to all my most favorite books! My son opened his laptop and found this familiar old "odd couple" at amazon.com, alive and doing well after all these years. I'm ordering a new copy tonight! Thanx amazon.com!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Relatively Unkown American Humor Classic 22. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
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I've done humorous writing about animals myself (most recently, Scratching the 'Net: Web Sites for Cats) and I think I've packed in some laughs. But Archy and Mehitabel, while very funny, rises above the level of mere humor to be quite touching. Having a common cockroach, which we ordinarily think of as disgusting, as the hero is a brilliant device. This viewpoint allowed Marquis to write in a way that was very emotional and sentimental but never became saccharine. Do yourself and favor and discover a wonderfully unique humor reading experience.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Can a cat and a cockroach be friends? 7. Mai 2000
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A number of years ago, my college drama department performed a musical, theater-in-the-round version of "archy and mehitabel." It delighted the audience with Archy's lower-case, cockroach philosophies and Mehitabel's wildcat antics. The book by don marquis is equally charming, revealing the human condition--no matter what the species! Especially humorous are chapters vii and xxxiv, "archie interviews a pharaoh" and "archie hears from mars."
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archy and mehitabel is one of the most beautiful and life affirming novels I've ever read. It's pretty much a book of beautiful fables written in perfect simplicity. The only other books i've read that express so much so simply are the Little Prince, The Giving Tree, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the works of Doctor Seuss. This book will make you a better person. You will not be disappointed.
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