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Name:  Don Marquis  

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Born: July 29, 1878 in Walnut, Illinois

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Don Marquis was born and raised in Walnut. He attended Knox Academy (now Knox College).

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Don Marquis (pronounced "mark' wis" (British), not "mar kee" (French)) was an American humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, cartoonist, newspaper columnist, and playwright. He is best remembered for his humorous writing and creating the characters "Archy" and "Mehitabel".


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