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The Best of Archy and Mehitabel


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A selection of the best of the hilarious free-verse poems by the irreverent cockroach poet Archy and his alley-cat pal Mehitabel.

Don Marquis’s famous fictional insect appeared in his newspaper columns from 1916 into the 1930s, and he has delighted generations of readers ever since. A poet in a former life, Archy was reincarnated as a bug who expresses himself by diving headfirst onto a typewriter. His sidekick Mehitabel is a streetwise feline who claims to have been Cleopatra in a previous life. As E. B. White wrote in his now-classic introduction, the Archy poems “contain cosmic reverberations along with high comedy” and have “the jewel-like perfection of poetry.”

Adorned with George Herriman’s whimsical illustrations and including White’s introduction, our Pocket Poets selection—the only hardcover Archy and Mehitabel in print—is a beautiful volume, and perfectly sized for its tiny hero.


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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Don Marquis (1878–1937) was a journalist and columnist in New York City and the author of several novels, short-story collections, and plays.

E. B. White (1899–1985) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, New Yorker contributor, and author of Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web.

Table of Contents



Introduction by E. B. White 

the coming of archy

mehitabel was once cleopatra

the song of mehitabel

mehitabel s extensive past

archy interviews a pharaoh

a spider and a fly

the merry flea

warty bliggens, the toad

mehitabel has an adventure

the wail of archy

mehitabel and her kittens

cheerio, my deario

the lesson of the moth

pete the parrot and shakespeare

archy confesses

the old trouper



mehitabel meets an affinity

mehitabel sees paris

the return of archy

archy protests


the stuff of literature

quote and only man is vile quote

mehitabel’s morals

cream de la cream

mehitabel tries companionate marriage

archy turns revolutionist

as it looks to archy

archy a low brow 

ballade of the under side

archy wants to end it all


the artist always pays

why the earth is round


at the zoo

confessions of a glutton

literary jealousy

pete’s theology

pete petitions

a radical flea

archy and the labor troubles


takes talent

comforting thoughts


a close call


archy reports

the demon rum

ancient lineage

the artist


a discussion

short course in natural history

archy protests

mehitabel sees it through

mehitabel meets her mate

mehitabel pulls a party 

not any proof


the author’s desk

what the ants are saying

Product Details

Marquis, Don
Everyman's Library
White, E. B.
Single Author - British & Irish
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Poetry-A to Z
Publication Date:
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6.48 x 4.32 x 0.68 in 0.46 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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