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Don Marquis
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    (July 29, 1878-December 29, 1937)
    Resided in New York City
    Best known for his 'Archy and Mehitabel' series
    Wrote 'The Old Soak (1921),' 'Noah and Jonah 'n Cap'n John Smith (1921),' 'The Revolt of the Oyster (1922),' 'The Old Soak's History of the World (1924),' 'Archy and Mehitabel (1927),' 'When the Turtles Sing (1928),' 'A Variety of People (1929)' and 'Chapters for the Orthodox (1934)'
    He was a journalist.
    He hated humanity.
    He said: 'Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.'
    His best-known book is a long poem about a cockroach and a cat who fall in love.
    He's not too well remembered today.
    His works are biting and satirical.
    He said: 'A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.'
    He loved making fun of idiots, drunks and religious maniacs.
    Although he ridiculed fundamentalists, he was religious and wrote a serious play about Christ.
    He was a talented cartoonist as well as a writer.
    He outlived his wife and their five-year-old son.
    He had several strokes at the end of his life.
    Dorothy Parker, James Thurber and other famous wits considered him their inspiration.

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