Saturday, April 27, 2013

Archy and Mehitabel

In a used bookstore today, an old copy of The Lives & Times of Archy and Mehitabel began to call my name. I had flashbacks to my high school days when I first met them.

There is now a Don Marquis website, of course, which has a nifty description of the protagonists:

THEY ARE THE MOST UNLIKELY OF FRIENDS: Archy is a cockroach with the soul of a poet, and Mehitabel is an alley cat with a celebrated past — she claims she was Cleopatra in a previous life. Together, cockroach and cat are the foundation of one of the most engaging collections of light poetry to come out of the twentieth century.


John said...

How delightful is that!
One of my fondest memories is an LP record at the library with the timeless voice of Carol Channing speaking and singing Mehitabel and a lot of material from the saga. I looked for it at You Tube but thus far no one has uploaded it.
Great nostalgic memory.

Michael Wade said...


I'd forgotten how good they were. Certainly cutting edge stuff for the time. Thanks for the tip on the Carol Channing recording.