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Don Marquis (1878–1937)

Author of Archy and Mehitabel

43+ Works 2,159 Members 40 Reviews 11 Favorited

About the Author

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Disambiguation Notice:

To whoever combined or wants to combine "The Best of Don Marquis" with "archyology": these are not the same work. "archyology" is pure archy, "Best of" contains some "old soak" and other stuff as well as some archy. "Sun dial time" and "Love sonnets of a caveman" are not the same as each other or "Best of" either.

Works by Don Marquis

Archy and Mehitabel (1927) 1,076 copies
Archy's Life of Mehitabel (1934) 158 copies
The Best of Don Marquis (1944) 37 copies
Pandora Lifts the Lid (1924) 25 copies
Archy Does His Part (1935) 18 copies
Chapters for the Orthodox (1934) 10 copies
Dreams & Dust (2007) 8 copies

Associated Works

Nothing but the Truth (1991) — Contributor, some editions — 2,414 copies
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 414 copies
A Subtreasury of American Humor (1941) — Contributor — 275 copies
The Literary Cat (1977) — Contributor — 241 copies
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributor — 207 copies
American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse (2003) — Contributor — 133 copies
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories (1990) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Book of Cats (1976) — Contributor — 106 copies
Modern Essays (1921) — Contributor — 33 copies
An American Omnibus (1933) — Contributor — 31 copies
Human? (1954) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Panorama of Modern Literature (1934) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Shadow-eater (1917) — Preface, some editions — 10 copies
A Cavalcade of Collier's (1959) — Contributor — 10 copies
Imp: The Poetry of Benjamin DeCasseres (1913) — Preface — 9 copies
A Treasury of Doctor Stories (1946) — Contributor — 9 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
1935 Essay Annual — Contributor — 4 copies
Nothing Solemn: An anthology of comic verse (1973) — Contributor — 3 copies
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1935 — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Marquis, Donald Robert Perry
Birthdate
1878-07-29
Date of death
1937-12-29
Burial location
Kew Gardens, Queens County, New York, USA
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Walnut, Illinois, USA
Place of death
New York, New York, USA
Places of residence
Walnut, Illinois, USA (birth)
Galesburg, Illinois, USA
New York, New York, USA (death)
Education
Knox Academy
Walnut High School
Occupations
literary journalist
novelist
playwright
poet
Relationships
Marquis, Reina Melcher (wife)
Organizations
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature, 1923)
Disambiguation notice
To whoever combined or wants to combine "The Best of Don Marquis" with "archyology": these are not the same work. "archyology" is pure archy, "Best of" contains some "old soak" and other stuff as well as some archy. "Sun dial time" and "Love sonnets of a caveman" are not the same as each other or "Best of" either.

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Reviews

Most famous as the creator of the comic duo, Archie and Mehitabel, Marque had other solid columns, and short pieces to his credit. His place in American Literature of the twentieth Century is assured. This is quite a pleasant read, even today.
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DinadansFriend | 2 other reviews | Jun 13, 2023 |
Verse & cartoons about a cockroach named "archy" who's a reincarnation of a free-verse poet & "mehitabel", a cat who's a reincarnation of Cleopatra. It's typed in lower-case b/c the cockroach isn't strong enuf to make the upper-case letters. I reckon this is an off-hand tribute to e e cummings but maybe not since cummings wd've been around 20 when this 1st appeared in the papers in 1916. Maybe cummings was influenced by marquis?

Anyway, when I 1st ran across this I probably thought that it had a strong premise & that's why I read it. However, I don't remember being ultimately that impressed by it. Hollywood shd do a remake w/ special effects & lots of inter-species sex.… (more)
 
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tENTATIVELY | 18 other reviews | Apr 3, 2022 |
One of the funniest books I have ever read.
 
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Zambaco | Apr 22, 2018 |
A potent mix of witty free form poetry and some top-notch drawings by Herriman make this volume a definite winner. These pieces originally appeared in newspapers and magazines in the 1916-1926 era, and numerous topical references to Prohibition and the like still keep their humour. A lot more thoughtful than many other pieces considered weightier.
2 vote
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Rating
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ISBNs
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