The Best of Ogden Nash

The Best of Ogden Nash


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566637039
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 12/25/2007
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 118,647
Product dimensions: 6.43(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.60(d)

About 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.

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of Ogden Nash gathers not only the choicest and most beloved poems from his huge output but presents several previously unpublished pieces discovered among his papers and family correspondence.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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved Ogden Nash since high school. Told myself that someday I would buy his complete works some day. Waited too long and it is out of print ; but, the book I bought (The Best of Ogden Nash ) is a very good substitute. He keeps me in stitches!
M-Aiki More than 1 year ago
I am in 7th Heaven! The poetry in this book resonates with events in my life and in my family's life!
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cannonball More than 1 year ago
A thorough compendium of Nash's work compiled by his daughter. Nash's sly humor and wordsmithing continue to delight and never go out-of-date.