|Notes ||Archy and Mehitabel (styled as archy and mehitabel) are the names of two fictional characters created in 1916, by Don Marquis, a columnist for The Evening Sun newspaper in New York City. |
Archy is a cockroach with the reincarnated soul of a poet. With immense effort he produces his story by jumping up and down on the keys of a typewriter. His main companion and muse is Mehitabel, an alley cat.
Because Archy cannot use two keys at once, the whole book is written in lowercase and without punctuation (with the exception of the narrator's introduction).