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Don Marquis (July 29, 1878 - December 29, 1937) was an American poet, artist, newspaper columnist, humorist, playwright and author; best known for creating the characters "Archy" and "Mehitabel". Archy was a cockroach who left poems on Marquis's typewriter by jumping on the keys, and Mehitabel, a cat, was Archy's best friend. Additional friends of Archy and Mehitabel include Pete the Pup (not to be confused with the same author's Pete the Parrot) and an egomaniacal toad named Warty Bliggins. July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Families Blaberidae Blattellidae Blattidae Cryptocercidae Polyphagidae Nocticolidae Cockroaches are insects of the Order Blattodea. ... Pete the Pup is a character in the archy and mehitabel writings of Don Marquis. ...


Donald Robert Perry Marquis (pronounced "mark' wis", not "mar kee") was born July 29, 1878, in Walnut, Illinois. His brother, David, died in 1892 at the age of 20, followed by his father James' death in 1897. After graduating Walnut high school in 1894, he attended Knox College Academy in 1896, but left after three months. Walnut is a village located in Bureau County, Illinois. ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


He married Reina Melcher on June 8, 1909, with whom he had two children: a son, Robert Marquis (November 7, 1915 - 1921); and a daughter, Barbara Marquis (October, 1918 - October, 1931). Don and Reina were wed until she died on December 2, 1923. Three years later he married Marjorie Potts Vonnegut on February 2. 1926, and remained married to her until her death on October 25, 1936. He suffered three disabling strokes during his life, and died of a fourth stroke on December 29, 1937. June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... Year 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


He co-wrote (or contributed posthumously) to the films The Sports Pages, Shinbone Alley, The Good Old Soak, and Skippy.(The 1926 film "The Cruise of the Jasper B" was supposedly based on his 1916 novel, although the plots have little in common.) He also wrote a play called The Old Soak, drew cartoons for The New Yorker, contributed regular columns to the New York Sun and the Saturday Evening Post and in all wrote about 35 books. The Good Old Soak is a 1937 movie starring Wallace Beery. ... Skippy is one of the first films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, in 1931. ... The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. ...


On August 23rd, 1943, the United States Navy launched the USS Don Marquis (IX-215) in tribute. USS Don Marquis (IX-215), an unclassified miscellaneous vessel, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for that writer, poet, and artist. ...


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Don Marquis (155 words)
Don Marquis (July 29, 1878 - December 29, 1937) was a writer, poet, and journalist; best known for creating the characters Archy and Mehitabel.
Archy was a cockroach who left poems on Marquis's typewriter by jumping on the keys, and Mehitabel was both a cat and a friend of Archy.
Marquis was born 29 July, 1878, in Walnut, Illinois, and died 29 December, 1937, of a stroke.
Archy and Mehitabel (1944 words)
Marquis was a writer for The Evening Sun in New York when, in 1916, he introduced Archy the cockroach in his daily column, The Sun Dial.
Don Marquis on Archy: In the introduction to his second collection of cockroach and cat stories, "archys life of mehitabel," Marquis comments on the enduring and amazing popularity of his lowbrow literary creatures.
Marquis used his newspaper and magazine columns to comment on the events of the day, good and bad, exposing a progressive heart and an increasingly cynical soul.
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