Marquis, Don (Donald Robert Perry Marquis) mär´kwĭs [key], 1878–1937, American author, b. Walnut, Ill. In 1912 he began the humorous column
The Sun Dialin the New York Sun and later conducted
The Lanternin the Herald Tribune. He invented various characters of gay satire, notably
archy the cockroachand
mehitabel the cat.Their saga is told in Lives and times of archy and mehitabel (3 vol. in 1, 1943). Marquis published innumerable stories, poems, and plays.
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