Marquis, Don, 1878-1937

Variant names
Birth 1878-07-29
Death 1937-12-29

Biographical notes:

American humorist and author.

From the description of Letter to Mr. Wood [manuscript], 1930 June 16. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647837114

American journalist, author, humorist.

From the description of Papers of Don Marquis [manuscript], 1917-1934. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647812908

Author and humorist Don Marquis was born in Illinois, and worked as a journalist in Washington, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. After moving to New York, he got his own column at the New York Sun, and invented a series of unique characters made from equal parts humor and melancholy. His most famous characters were Archy, the free verse poet transmigrated to a cockroach, and Mehitabel, the enigmatic cat, whose adventures remain popular. A versatile humorist who strove to achieve more serious success, he also wrote novels, plays, and short stories, but the popularity of Archy and Mehitabel was so great Marquis felt it deflected attention from his better work.

From the description of Don Marquis letter to Hawley McLanahan and incomplete run of the newsletter, The Don Marquis letter, 1926-1982 (bulk 1980-1982). (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61691202

American humorist, poet, dramatist.

From the description of Papers, 1894-1944. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309771063

Author and playwright.

From the description of Letter of Don Marquis, 1927. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454351

Edward Anthony (1895-1971) was born in New York City and joined the staff of the Bridgeport Connecticut Herald shortly after high school. He served in the war and was stationed at Camp Merritt from 1918-1919. After the war he worked for the New York Herald until 1923 when he became associate editor of Farm and Fireside e, a Crowell magazine. In 1928 he directed the publicity for Herbert Hoover's Presidential campaign. Shortly after Anthony married Esther H. Howard and had one son, Richard.

Afterward the campaign he contined to work for Crowell, first on staff at American Magazine and then serving as the press service director of the Crowell group of magazines from 1930-1942. In 1942 he was publisher of Woman's Home Companion for ten years and then continued as publisher of Collier's From 1949-1954.

After leaving Collier's, Anthony joined the Seventh Company, Inc., a New York statistical research organization, as public affairs counsellor. Anthony was also a consultant to American Girl Magainze for 25 years and acted as director of public relations for the War Advertising Council during World War II.

In addition to working in publishing Athony wrote short stories, plays, magazine articles, verse, and books. He collaborated with big names in the animal field, Frank Buck, Clyde Beatty, and Henry Trefflich, wrote a detailed biography of Don Marquis, an autobiography, and eleven other books. Three of his books were made into movies.

From the guide to the Edward Anthony papers, 1924-1977, 1864-1977, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries)

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