Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Best of Archy and Mehitabel
Don Marquis


A poet in a former life, Archy has been reincarnated as a cockroach who types by diving headfirst onto a typewriter (and is famously unable to operate the shift key to produce capital letters); his side-kick Mehitabel is an alley cat who claims to have once been Cleopatra. Archy’s poems irresistibly evoke Jazz Age New York – as seen from the alley; funny, wise, tender and tough, they represent the very best of American humour. Including George Herriman’s whimsical illustrations and a classic introduction by novelist E. B. White, this Pocket Poet selection will make a beautiful volume and gift edition, perfectly sized for its tiny hero. Selections from archy and mehitabel, archys life of mehitabel and archy does his part.

Hardback, 224pp
Everyman’s Library, 2011 (1927, 1933, 1935)
ISBN 9781841597911