The Best of Ogden Nash

The Best of Ogden Nash

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by Ogden Nash
     
 

It's been more than thirty years since the appearance of a collection from America's laureate of light verse. Ogden Nash first gathered together an anthology of thirty years of his published works in 1959. In 1973 his daughters gathered more than four hundred of his poems and called it I Wouldn't Have Missed It, a quote from one of his verses. Now more poems have

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It's been more than thirty years since the appearance of a collection from America's laureate of light verse. Ogden Nash first gathered together an anthology of thirty years of his published works in 1959. In 1973 his daughters gathered more than four hundred of his poems and called it I Wouldn't Have Missed It, a quote from one of his verses. Now more poems have come to light, so his daughters have once again produced The Best of Ogden Nash, the definitive Nash anthology. The poems display the talent of the man whose verse entranced America from the time of the Great Depression until his death in 1971. The Best of Ogden Nash should delight old fans and introduce new readers to a unique talent.

Editorial Reviews

Tri-City Herald
[An] affectionate look at Nash's life....Richly detailed with excerpts from family correspondence.
Chicago Tribune
Even those of us inclined toward felines are captivated by Ogden Nash....Warmth and cleverness...makes it a perfect gift.
— Elizabeth Taylor
Saturday Review Of Literature
He has become a social necessity…. I have only one criterion for judging authors: how many are there without whom I could not possibly have lived until now? Ogden Nash is one of them.
— Christopher Morley
Harpers
The reader will find himself completely captivated by rhyming of such unexpected originality that his only comment is hearty laughter.
Midwest Book Review
An outstanding, rare collection of works essential for any definitive poetry library.
Chattanooga Free Press
Open this book to any page and find guaranteed laughter.
— Dr. Clif Cleaveland
Chicago Tribune - Elizabeth Taylor
Even those of us inclined toward felines are captivated by Ogden Nash....Warmth and cleverness...makes it a perfect gift.
Dana Gioia
There was only one living poet in my mother's repertory-Ogden Nash. When she swatted some fly in the kitchen, she would intone with solemnity: 'God in his wisdom made the fly / And then forgot to tell us why.' Nash was an inveterate experimentalist...endlessly innovative in his versification and diction. His rhymes were not merely amusing but often revelatory....[His] legacy remains a vital part of twentieth-century American poetry.
Joseph Parisi
This bountiful new collection of The Best of Ogden Nash gathers not only the choicest and most beloved poems from his huge output but presents several previously unpublished pieces discovered among his papers and family correspondence. Classic or 'new,' Nash's humorous verses are a continual delight, as this volume will remind old admirers while regaling readers encountering him for the first time-and, given the current sad state of the world, not a moment too soon.
From the Publisher
Clearly Ogden Nash is God's gift to the United States….Genuine comic talent is nearly priceless. Mr. Nash is our best literary comedian since Will Rogers. He has become, in a strictly Shakespearian sense, America's number one fool, though in any other sense he is nobody's fool.
Saturday Review Of Literature - Christopher Morley
He has become a social necessity…. I have only one criterion for judging authors: how many are there without whom I could not possibly have lived until now? Ogden Nash is one of them.
Chattanooga Times Free Press - Dr. Clif Cleaveland
Open this book to any page and find guaranteed laughter.
Harpers Wine & Spirit
The reader will find himself completely captivated by rhyming of such unexpected originality that his only comment is hearty laughter.
Atlantic Monthly
Clearly Ogden Nash is God's gift to the United States....Genuine comic talent is nearly priceless. Mr. Nash is our best literary comedian since Will Rogers. He has become, in a strictly Shakespearian sense, America's number one fool, though in any other sense he is nobody's fool.

The New York Times
As any fairly conducted Gallup poll will show, the average American heart leaps up when it beholds a new book by Ogden Nash. Few of our national bards, past or present, have so consistently, with so light and sure a touch, illuminated the inconsistencies and capriciousness of contemporary life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566637039
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
12/25/2007
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
171,334
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Jonathan Yardley
"Ogden Nash is the funniest poet this country has known."
Joseph Parisi
"This bountiful new collection of The Best of Ogden Nash gathers not only the choicest and most beloved poems from his huge output but presents several previously unpublished pieces discovered among his papers and family correspondence. Classic or 'new,' Nash's humorous verses are a continual delight, as this volume will remind old admirers while regaling readers encountering him for the first time-and, given the current sad state of the world, not a moment too soon."
Dana Gioia
There was only one living poet in my mother's repertory-Ogden Nash. When she swatted some fly in the kitchen, she would intone with solemnity: 'God in his wisdom made the fly / And then forgot to tell us why.' Nash was an inveterate experimentalist...endlessly innovative in his versification and diction. His rhymes were not merely amusing but often revelatory....[His] legacy remains a vital part of twentieth-century American poetry.

Meet the Author

Ogden Nash is the best-loved poet of light verse in the United States. His daughter, Linell Nash Smith, has compiled this new collection. Linell Nash Smith lives in Baltimore.

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