The Best of Archy and Mehitabel

The rollicking, ribald, free-verse exploits of alley cat Mehitabel and cockroach-incarnated poet Archy have passed in and out of the public's attention since their debut nearly a century ago, in the pages of the New York Evening Sun. This new assemblage of their ruminations and exploits will insure that a whole new crop of readers can embrace the hijinks of the sensitive-souled bug and his randy feline pal.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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