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1. The Best of Ogden Nash
2. Ogden Nash's Zoo
3. Custard the Dragon and the Wicked
4. The Adventures of Isabel (Poetry
5. Selected Poetry of Ogden Nash
6. The Tale of Custard the Dragon
7. Ogden Nash: The Life and Work
8. Book of Ogden Nash
9. You Can't Get There from Here
10. Candy is Dandy: The Best of Ogden
11. The New Nutcracker Suite and Other
12. Funniest Verses of Ogden Nash
13. Marriage Lines: Notes of a Student
14. The Private Dining Room
15. The Selected Verse of Ogden Nash
16. The Life and Rhymes of Ogden Nash
17. Ogden Nash's Good Intentions
18. The Ogden Nash Pocket Book
19. Ave Ogden! Nash in Latin: Poems
20. Marriage Lines Notes of a Student

1. The Best of Ogden Nash
Hardcover: 496 Pages (2007-11-16)
list price: US$28.95 -- used & new: US$16.94
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Asin: 1566637031
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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More of Ogden Nash's poems have come to light, both in the voluminous Nash collection at the University of Texas at Austin, and in family letters and papers. So his daughters have once again produced The Best of Ogden Nash, the definitive Nash anthology. Some of these new poems reveal a darker side of the poet; others are full of fun. But all display the talent of the man whose verse entranced America--and a good part of the world--from the time of the Great Depression until his death in 1971. While earlier collections were organized chronologically, The Best is arranged by subject matter: the subjects of Nash's poems cannot always be identified by his titles, so fans of a particular poem will not have to search for it in vain. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection for Ogden Nash fan
I have loved Ogden Nash poetry and stories since I was a kid when I found an old dusty book of his in a used bookstore.My mom used to take me there while I protested.I peeked inside that book, and to my surprise, I thought the poems were really entertaining and insightful.I have loved his work ever since.I received the book I am reviewing recently as a gift.It has a great variety of his work, long and short.I enjoy picking it up and reading parts at random.His writing is fun, accessible and entertaining.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great content; lousy formatting
This is a great selection of Nash's stuff, including a any number of items that were completely new to me. However, the formatting is awful. The book has been done as a series of images, which means that the Kindle type size adjustment key does nothing. Many pages are in such small type that a lot of people will find them unreadable or very burdensome to read. Being well into middle age and myopic from childhood, I had to take off my glasses and hold the Kindle about 6 inches from my nose. Not a pleasant reading experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars O. Nash is still funny
Ogden Nash was read by many in the early 20th century and forgotten.He is still a funny poet who get his point across in verse.How wonderful if children could still quote from this unique American poet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Reading on any Page
What a fun collection.You can open it randomly to most any page and have a fun read.Some of the poems have aged better than others, but even those are a slice of history.I especially enjoy the ones about New York City. They are glimpses into how things used to be in my home town.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Best of Ogden Nash
I was looking forward to the availability of Ogden Nash on the Kindle.The implementation is sadly lacking however in that the verses are a series of images of text rather than actual text. This does not allow for searching for a section of verse.

Even worse, the verse images display the text in different sizes from page to page and within the same page.Some of the images display text that proved too small to read comfortably.This renders an unacceptable percentage of the material unreadable.Amazon should pull this version from the Kindle store. ... Read more

2. Ogden Nash's Zoo
by Ogden Nash
Hardcover: 84 Pages (1986-03-15)
list price: US$10.95 -- used & new: US$10.95
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Asin: 0941434958
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Rampant wit and humor abound in this new collection of Nash's best-loved verses about animals, delightfully illustrated by award-winning illustrator Etienne Delessert. 65 black-and-white illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ogden Nash's Zoo
Excellent addition to children's library. Will please animal lovers. The book has short verses for every letter of the alphabet. Great for expanding parents and kids vocabulary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nash-ional best seller
At the risk of seeming rash
I recommend this book by Nash.
I haven't found a rhyme for Ogden,
Although I came close once when fogged-in.

By the way this book is NOT by Etienne Delessert, as listed above, although he is the illustrious illustrator.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nash-itize!
Ogden Nash is my favorite poet, and I probably like his poems on different animals the most. They're quicker. Quick poems are prefferred by me, because they don't take too long to read and I can sit and think about them, and even feel like reading them again. Here's one, and I didn't write it, Ogden Nash did:

The ant has made himself illustrious
Through constant industry industrious
So what?
Would you be calm and placid
If you were full of formic acid?

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite bedtime read to my daughters.
I look forward to these verses again and again.Unlike most bedtime stories, you can set the length of reading time to your situation.the humor stimulates your imagination and makes you want to add verses.Justlots of fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL!
A collection of animal poems, for anyone who thinks animals are funny! ... Read more

3. Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight (Library of Nations)
by Ogden Nash
Paperback: 32 Pages (1999-09-01)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$298.25
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Asin: 0316599050
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Ogden Nash rhymes a sequel to his popular children's adventure The Tale of Custard the Dragon. This time a wicked, wicked knight steals Belinda away, and once again it's up to Custard to rescue her. Lynn Munsinger is back as well with more witty illustrations that readers will recognize from the original. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites...
Our house could double as a library and this is one of my all-time kid's book favorites! The language has such a lovely rhythm to it (a joy to read) and the story is adorable. Highly recommend! My 4 year old loves it too!

3-0 out of 5 stars Cute story
My 4yo son enjoyed this story and the role reversal between the usually fierce dragon and the good-hearted night is a refreshing twist, although my son doesn't really get the irony of the other animals teasing poor Custard because he is cowardly and then making excuses themselves for not going to save the little girl. . . . he just sees it as the animals being mean with no consequence.A little hard to explain, but an entertaining story overall.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved long ago, passing to new generation
We grew up 45 years ago with this being the most loved book at my grandmother's house.We could not wait to have it read to us.Now I am the Grandma, and I am purchasing this for my grandchildren so that they too can live in the dream world of custard.

5-0 out of 5 stars Custard the Dragon
Quickly became a favorite of my grandson (5) and granddaughter (4).The illustrations are brilliant, and Ogden Nash's verse is clever and memorable.


4. The Adventures of Isabel (Poetry Telling Stories)
by Ogden Nash
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2008-04)
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Asin: 1402210272
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Meet Isabel, a remarkable girl (based on Ogden Nash's own daughter) who encounters four fearsome foes and doesn't worry, scream or scurry. Courage, spunk and a lot of humor help make Isabel's adventures something you'll share over and over again.

Beautiful watercolor paintings bring The Adventures of Isabel vividly to life, while the audio CD of Ogden Nash reading his classic poem will let everyone follow the amazing exploits of Isabel!

As a bonus on audio CD, Ogden Nash reads The Adventures of Isabel

Ogden Nash was born in New York in 1902 and wrote The Adventures of Isabel in the 1930s. He published hundreds of poems, many of them for his two daughters, Linell and Isabel. They occasionally appeared as characters in his poems, as Isabel does in The Adventures of Isabel. Nash died in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1971.

Bridget Starr Taylor and her husband have two sons, a daughter, and very recently twin grandchildren. She and her family live in New York and spend summers and weekends at her farm in Connecticut. Bridget rides a bike wherever she goes and plays tennis, most often in polka-dotted shorts! (20080701) ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Isabel
I really liked this book.The way that Isabel dispatches her foes is so creative and funny.I loved the new words that children can learn from reading this book.She is brave and doesn't let anything or anyone scare her.I also enjoyed the illustrations, so colorful and bright.I would certainly recommend this book to children as well as some women.This book shows perservence and creativty. I am going to enjoy reading this to some of the children in my life just to see the expression on their faces and teach them new words.

4-0 out of 5 stars Monster Problems?Perhaps Isabel Can Help - a review of "The Adventures of Isabel"
"Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous."

Thus begins Mr. Nash's poem about brave little Isabel.A girl who is not put off or frightened even when she faces fierce bears, wicked old witches, hideous giants, troublesome doctors, AND horrible dreams!

In each case, Isabel uses her imagination and conquers. For example:

The bear said, "Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!"

Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.

Four Stars.Great, not-scary artwork by James Marshall that is colorful and fun.As a read-aloud it is a little challenging, but practice draws out the proper cadence.My two kids like this book (they are boy and girl; 4 and 6); and I like that it suggests to them that they can solve their own problems, even scary ones.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
I'm fourteen and I still remember this book so clearly. Its a classic. Everyone should own this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Isabel
My son is 4 and loves this book!We have read it every night this week, at his request.It is a wonderful book for learning new words (cavernous, scurry).It taps into my son's sense of the absurd.The theme of a child conquering big, scary things is very age appropriate.I highly recommend this book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
We got this book because we thought it was WRITTEN by James Marshall. Oops. Was told it was a good "positive book for girls" etc. kind of stuff. Yeah. Its okay. The rhymes just aren't very in-sync. Sorry, but its just okay. Some of the phraseology is not easy for younger children to understand. Since this book apparently is supposed to flow, by rhyme, taking time to explain (why Isabel gave the doctor a cure by giving him his own shot in the butt, for example) each new rhyme on each new page of Isabel's weird adventures makes it unappealing. I haven't been asked to reread this book since I bought it.PS. James Marshall does a great job illustrating, though! :) ... Read more

5. Selected Poetry of Ogden Nash
by Ogden Nash
Hardcover: 682 Pages (1995-01-09)
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Asin: 1884822304
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The ultimate collection of verses by America's best-loved humorous author, culled from collections put together by Nash himself. Features Nash's unique rhymes, puns, and observations about everything under the sun. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Little Ditties
If you like this book, and the sweetly subversive worlds of George Booth, Ogden Nash or Shel Silverstein, then you should pick up Nick Bantock's (of Gryphon & Sabine fame), "Averse to Beasts," a book with cassette whose dangerous little ditties rival Nash's in their hilarity with a dose of arsenic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terse Verse
Don't trash
Ogden Nash.
His words
ain't turds
His swirls
Are pearls.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lacks indices of titles or first lines.
This book seems to contain all of Ogden Nash's best verses. But good luck finding them: there is no index of titles or first lines. With so many verses, many of them titled counter-intuitively, you will only find the verse you seek by sheer luck, if at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great work, poor copy editing
This is a completely enjoyable collection that keeps me smiling as I read.Unfortunately, it seems the proof reader relied on a computer's spell-checker program.It let him down.

The spelling errors surprised me.I guess I may have spotted an error or two in other books, but I seem to keep stumbling on them in this book.They're distracting and it seems almost sinful to have let them appear in this wonderful collection.

Mr. Nash's insight, humor and unique form are well represented here in the 650 rhymes, verses, lyrics and poems.They are grouped by general subject matter.Thumb through the contents and see what you're in the mood for.Nash will make you smile or even laugh out loud.

3-0 out of 5 stars More clever than brilliant, but clever is good.
Ogden Nash should probably be considered more of a humorist than a poet. After all, he makes up words and sometimes totally disregards any sense of meter. Maybe "rhyming humorist" would be most accurate (even though there is some real poetry here, too). In my opinion, his strongest poems are his shortest. I particularly enjoy his poems about animals. Some of his humor seems a little dated and, unlike a previous reviewer, I found little here that, for me, was laugh-out-loud funny. One of my favorite poems in the book is actually a serious poem, "A Carol for Children". But, hey, if you want serious poetry, get some Emily Dickinson. Ogden Nash is good if you need a lighthearted chuckle. ... Read more

6. The Tale of Custard the Dragon
by Ogden Nash, Lynn Munsinger
Paperback: 32 Pages (1998-04-01)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$2.73
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Asin: 0316590312
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this humorous poem, Custard the cowardly dragon saves the day when a pirate threatens Belinda and her pet animals.Amazon.com Review
Do you remember brave Belinda and her "realio, trulio,little pet dragon"? This Ogden Nash classic has been a favoriteof children for more than 60 years and until recently was unavailablein a picture-book version. Artist Lynn Munsinger has rejuvenated thepoem with her chuckle-inducing illustrations of no-nonsense Belindaand the cowardly green and purple dragon Custard. Belinda was a braverole model for young girls back when females weren't encouraged tostand up for themselves, and Custard's hidden reserve of strength hasno doubt inspired children for several generations. Hooked on Custard?The next adventure unfolds in Custard the Dragon and theWicked Knight, which followed this popular picturebook. (Ages 3 to 8) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Tale of Custard the Dragon
This is a delightful book for kids and adults - especially if you are a fan of Ogden Nash poetry.My 4 year olds love this book and it invites opportunity for discussion about fear and courage and perception.

5-0 out of 5 stars te tale of custard the dragon
Wonderful story in verse for small children,beautifully illustrated.Very popular with my younger grandchildren.I'd like to have the other story available for them I enjoyed it too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful illustrated peom by Ogden Nash
This Ogden Nash poem has always been a family favorite and this illustrated version is a delight.

It would be even better if it hasd a stiffer or hard cover (the cover is very thin) as kids will be reading it often.I gave it to my new niece for her birthday and most of the "adults" read it too or already knew it by heart.

4-0 out of 5 stars I love the realio, truelio writing.
I saw this in the store and had to pick it up. Ogden Nash had a real ear for language, I tell you. The story flows along at a nice, bouncy, evocative pace, and the illustrations complement it nicely.

A few reviewers have commented that they find the non-dragon characters mean-spirited - they "tickle Custard unmerciful", "rudely call him Percival", and after the danger is past and gone (gotta love a book where a dragon eats a pirate!) they declare that THEY were really braver than Custard after all!

I see the point, though I see their teasing as more familial than mean-spirited. However, if this is a concern to you, you should definitely read the poem before buying the book - it's easy enough to find on Google.

4-0 out of 5 stars Custard the Dragon
Cute story about how a dragon who is usually pretty timid suddenly turns brave in order to protect his friends from a mean pirate.Not too long, good for short attention spans!! ... Read more

7. Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America's Laureate of Light Verse
by Douglas M. Parker
Paperback: 336 Pages (2007-04-25)
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Asin: 1566637295
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Candy / Is dandy / But liquor / Is quicker. These inimitable lines could only have been written by Ogden Nash, the American nonpareil of light verse and one of the more remarkable figures in American letters.His keen grasp of human nature and a unique style of verse made him, in the mid-twentieth century, the most widely read and frequently quoted poet of his time.For years, readers have longed for a biography to match Nash's charm, wit, and good nature; now we have it in Douglas Parker's absorbing life of the poet.Mr. Parker has had exclusive access to family letters and diaries, and permission to quote liberally from them and from Nash's poems.He has written a warm and inviting biography of the poet who reveled in whimsy and wordplay, but who was applauded by his more serious contemporaries. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars OK biography
OK biography of New Yorker poet Nash, famous for Candy/is Dandy/But liquor/is Quicker and other short poems of whimsy and poignant humor.Nash, of patrician lineage and noblesse oblige leanings, actually has family roots in Hillsborough, NC (I knew that was a snooty place), but for all that seems like a decent guy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nashville
Loved the book.Ogden Nash?Not so much.As a little boy I loved his verses and would browse through THE NEW YORKER slapping the pages from left to right to see if they were carrying a new Nash poem that week.Often as not, they were, then I'd be happy, crawling away toward my treehouse to memorize his goofy sense of humor and his sophisticated attitude towards marriage.I can see how, without Ogden Nash, there might never have been a Stephen Sondheim.Parker is his ideal biographer.Obviously he had a lot of assistance from Nash's two enigmatic daughters, Linell and Isabel, whose photographs make them look like two grave Snow Whites.And yet he is not afraid to call a spade a spade, and we get the picture that the mother of these two girls, Frances, was often a Xanthippe for reasons unknown.

It's great that Parker did so much work towards reconstructing Nash's other life as a Broadway lyricist, and I'm sure that his account of Nash's work with Kurt Weill and with Vernon Duke will never be excelled.

He doesn't really pay much attention to the Hollywood work, however, and I don't know if he even bothered screening the Jeanette MacDonald starrer THE FIREFLY (co-written with Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett), which is nothing short of excellent.

The story gets grim as Nash ages and his career takes a nosedive.You get to despise Roger Angell, Nash's editor at THE NEW YORKER, for being such an obseqious Uriah Heep, even when he's rejecting Nash's latest efforts.It's like he delights in kicking Nash's butt while kissing it at the same time.Nash seems aware of Angell's double nature, but doesn't really know what to do about it.THE NEW YORKER seems like a velvet trap--can't live without it, but it tears you to pieces inside.I also enjoyed reading the parodies or pastiches of Nash's verse that Parker has collected from all different sources, from Dorothy Parker to Scott Fitzgerald, everyone wanted a piece of the man.

To top it all off, Dorothy Lamour got upset with Nash and laid into him with both barrels, when he wrote a poem for her to read on the air that contained the word "conundrum."She thought it risque, perhaps confusing it with "condom," and refused to save her reputation.Furious, she lashed out, "If you don't think I know what that word means--and that I'll be fool enough to say it on the air--you're crazy!I wasn't born yesterday!"Nash wrote to Frances, "she's very pleasant but as dumb as you would imagine."(Not as bad as his opinion of poor Ginger Rogers: "coarse, painted, dyed.")

5-0 out of 5 stars We Should Remember Nash
When I think of Ogden Nash, I think first of a poem I read in school a long time ago titled "The Purist." I have read it too many times to actually laugh out loud again, but I still smile when I read it. I become the kid I once was somehow, happy to hear the joke over and over again.

I think Ogden Nash brings back memories for many older Americans. When I was reading the new biography Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America's Laureate of Light Verse by Douglas M. Parker, while eating a sweet roll in Panera last week, an older man noticed. As he passed my table he said, "Ah, Ogden Nash, he was a wonderful man." I noticed the older man, who looked like a retired executive, having a look of competence and industry, was cleaning tables. Was he laid off by a corporation, replaced by someone young? Was he working at Panera because he was unable to find a management job in the new economy, which disvalues the older, experienced worker? Is Nash for him a link to a happier time, his time?

Nash has often been a bright spot in a dark time. He became popular for his humorous poetry during the Great Depression when his works began to appear regularly in The New Yorker, Saturday Evening Post, and other magazines. Because he was never paid much for his poems, he had to write and sell a lot of them, which he continued to do into the 1960s, when changing tastes made his work harder to sell. By the time of his death in 1971, he had published over a thousand poems.

Nash did not only write poetry. He tried his hand as a book editor, magazine editor, screen writer, playwright, lyricist, and game show panelist. He was valued as an editor at Doubleday and other publishers, but the pay was poor and he left the profession to write fulltime. His efforts in Hollywood and on Broadway always started with lots of promise but usually fizzled. Radio and television appearances eventually paid fairly well, but poetry was his steady income.

Being a writer, he often worked from home. Unlike many men of his era, he seems to have spent much time with his two daughters. On several occasions, he was the primary parent as his wife took long European vacations. It may not have been difficult to do, as the family always had servants. His wife had her own money inherited from her "old family" Baltimore ancestors. She and Nash were always able to live the country club and martini life.

I think readers will enjoy learning how involved Nash was in the literary scene of the 1920s and 1930s. He knew Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. B. White, and many others. Douglas M. Parker also tells much about mid-twentieth century world of publishing. Fans of The New Yorker will especially want to read this book.

Some will enjoy the book for their own memories. There are many Nash verses scattered throughout the text.

Read "The Purist." The punch line ends with a word that rhymes with "smile."

2-0 out of 5 stars Parker paints Nash in a fashion not smashin'
The philosopher poet, Ogden Nash,
Though born and wed to privilege,
was throughout his lifetime frightfully far from bogged in cash
(Or at least he so lamented).
Doug Parker says,
while assuring us his penury never quite prevented
Nash from keeping house or houses
Servant-staffed while traveling
in luxury with wife and kids and friends with kids and spouses.
Though his efforts yielded flops
In Hollywood and Broadway ventures,
rhymes he wrote for glossies and anthologies and his hops
Around the lecture circuit
(Which, though ruinous
To his fragile health, he never would quite shirk it)
Kept his ledger black enough.
Indeed, couplets comparing
the speed of bonbons versus bourbon and similar wacky stuff
(Like rhymes that ridiculed
A bluenosed "Ut" named Smoot
whose Senate stint by tariff acts and smiting smut was fueled)
Consistently kept Mr. Nash `n'
Fran `n' Lin `n' Isabel
(his wife and daughters) living in quite comfy fashion.
Nash's life was not a bore,
But Parker's grand obsession
With minutia made me often want to holler "Less is more!"
And, moreover, many others'
In the story, though tangential,
Had lives of greater interest were I to voice my `druthers.

- stanwhjr -

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book is a Real Treat
Many of us probably recognize Ogden Nash as the creator of humorous poetry, but he was a man of far greater accomplishments than might be generally known.In this biography, Doug Parker gives a very complete and fascinating overview of Nash and the diversity of his works, which included movie scripts and--much to my surprise--song lyrics. Parker relates his story in manageable sequences, interspersing just enough famous lines from Nash to lure the reader into wanting to read more of the man's work.One would think that Parker knew Nash personally because of the skillful manner in which he discreetly discusses the poet's health problems, his devotion to his family, his dislike of confrontation, and the entire span of his creative life.

It took an impressive amount of research to create this interesting account of Nash's life, and Parker made much use of Nash's personal letters.He does not overwhelm the reader with excessive detail, rather, he leaves the reader feeling like one who has enjoyed a great meal but has not overeaten, and who knows he can come back for seconds by reading more of Nash's work.This is an enjoyable and informative book that gives the reader a real appreciation for the talents of Ogden Nash.
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8. Book of Ogden Nash
by Ogden Nash
Hardcover: Pages (1976-12-01)
list price: US$25.95 -- used & new: US$25.95
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Asin: 0848814398
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Here, in one volume, are the most popular poems of one of the most popular poets of the twentieth century -- perhaps of the last twenty centuries. Delightfully nonsensical, they in fact make the best of sense, accomplishing what only real poetry can -- allowing the reader to discover what he didn't know he already knew or felt. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Poetic Humor Of Ogden Nash
I became acquainted with the writings of Ogden Nash while growing up in the 1960's. His brand of humorous poetic works amused me a great deal, and one of the reasons I started writing poetry during the 1970's. I had his book The best Of Ogden Nash but lost it sometime during one of our moves. When I began writing poetry again a few years back his book was one that I had to have in building my collection of books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clever, light-hearted poetry
I don't really enjoy reading poetry, and I don't suggest reading volumes of poetry at a time.I do, however, suggest reading this book of OgdenNash, reading the poems individually instead of as a collection.Some mayfind his verse stupid, some simple, but I find it charming.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Genius of Comic Poetry
Often unheard of poet, Ogden Nash, serves as a reminder that poetry itself does not need to be mushy, polite or romantic. Or for that matter psychological, philisophical or religious. Nash's poetry, written from theearly 20's to the late 50's is remark on the social niceties. A critique ofthe love-hate relationship of men and women. A funny peek into the lives ofanimals. And silly stories for the sake of being silly. The uniqueness inNash's work is not the poetry itself, but his play with words. Its clear hedoes not take language seriously at all which allows him to mix andmaneuver words to create new ones that will create a genuine laugh. Suchas: "Well Ihave learned that lifeis something about which youcan't conclude anything except that it is full of vicissitudes. And whenyou expect logic you only come across eccentricitudes." The otheraspect of Nash's writing is his outlaw verse where, although things rhyme,the rythm is thown askew.

"I know that a year has rolled aroundonce more

When I find myself thumbing a crisp new cigarette lighter justlike the coven of other cigarette lighters strewn on a shelf in the garagealong with the broken tire chains and the license plates for 1934."

Nash's work was surely ahead of its time and I am dleighted to have comeacross such remarkable work. I highly reccomend this, not just to poetrylovers, but also to those that appreciate language and humor.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ogden Nash great book
This was an excellent book if u are in the dumps and want to laugh, I sure did, it pulled me out of my 12 year depression, after i read this book i decided to go after my life long dream of becoming... ... Read more

9. You Can't Get There from Here
by Ogden Nash
 Paperback: Pages (1984-10)
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Asin: 0316598542
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10. Candy is Dandy: The Best of Ogden Nash
by Ogden Nash
Paperback: 432 Pages (1994-09-29)
list price: US$15.81 -- used & new: US$10.46
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Asin: 0233988920
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A bumper volume of the best poems by a hugely funny and quotable writer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Poetic fun for all ages
Nash's verse blends sense and nonsense in a way that all makes sense--with odd observations, words made up or transformed just to make the rhyme scheme, and idiosyncratic metaphors and analogies. Read them aloud, to your parents, your children, your students, your teachers, your friends. You get the idea.

4-0 out of 5 stars Poetry as fun
Ogden Nash is a poet
But he doesn't noet

If you love lines that do not bother too much about archaic rules of spelling and poetry, and are out to have fun, then here is a world you cannot miss.

This book is best enjoyed read aloud, with a few friends, with a few drinks:-)

4-0 out of 5 stars fun
it is a fun read

5-0 out of 5 stars Poems Peppered with Puns
Being poem-illiterate, this book came by as a pleasant surprise to me.
This book isa collection of light, humurous poems. Most of the poems are about children, but there are poems on other subjects too, like marriage. Children rule the roost though.

Its the kind of book when you glance through your book rack, spot this book, pick it up to read just one poem, but can't put it down until you have re-read all the poems. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to sit back and enjoy a humurous poem peppered with puns. And if you dislike children, this book is written for you.

Its a book that you got to have on your shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why is this man so uncelebrated?
Nash's work is too often regarded as light and meaningless; admittedly some of the work is very much "of it's time" now, but it is largely rich, diverse, insightful and wonderfully clever.
The rhymes are complex and intriguing and form great volumes of biting social comment. They are deliciously constructed and achingly funny at times.
Yet he seems to be an almost forgotten "Children's" poet, even if this were the case, are not some writers for Children so good as to far exceed the virtues of those who write for adults?
Rhold Dahl, J K Rowlins, Lewis Carrol and E Nesbitt spring to mind, Nash needs also to be on that hallowed list.
He really should be regarded as an American National treasure! ... Read more

11. The New Nutcracker Suite and Other Innocent Verses
by Ogden Nash
 Hardcover: 48 Pages (1962)

Asin: B0007DRA1C
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12. Funniest Verses of Ogden Nash
by Dorothy Price
 Hardcover: Pages (1968)

Asin: B0016457XO
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One liners or more from one of America's great humorists. ... Read more

13. Marriage Lines: Notes of a Student Husband
by Ogden Nash
 Paperback: Pages (1964-01-01)

Asin: B001UG8WSA
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14. The Private Dining Room
by Ogden Nash
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1952-01-01)

Asin: B002CG1QIU
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15. The Selected Verse of Ogden Nash (The Modern Library of the World's Best Books, 191.3)
by Ogden Nash
Hardcover: 246 Pages (1946)

Asin: B0007DL2TS
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16. The Life and Rhymes of Ogden Nash
by David Stuart
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2000-04-05)
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Asin: 1568331274
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A personal history of one of America's most successful writers, whose career included publishing and screenwriting in addition to his beloved poetry. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ogden Nash: The Most Underrated Poet
The struggle with my totally unique high school insecurities was confined by my introduction to Ogden Nash's "The Hippopotamus." In the early days of "60 Minutes,"Harry Reasoner and Andy Rooney compiled a presentation entitled, "An Essay on Ugly."Their work provided a profound (but light) insight into the feelings of physical inferiority. At the end, they appropriately encapsulated their presentation with"The Hippopotamus." Their 10-minute offering had a surprisingly strong influence for years to come.For example, I never understood poetry in my high school literature classes until "The Hippopotamus" induced me to read other of Nash's work.My interest in Nash's writing prompted me to appreciate poetry in general.I would have never survived reading T.S. Elliot's "The Wasteland" without the influence of Nash. As a result (and 30 years later), I was excited to learn about David Stuart's THE LIFE AND RHYMES OF OGDEN NASH.

Anyone who has ever smiled after reading a Nash poem will enjoy Stuart's offering.Stuart has a vivid writing style that might be considered overly sophisticated for a Nash biography.Upon reading the first 10 pages, I thought the book was appalling shabby. I soon realized the problem was not Stuart's writing, but Nash's early life.His early life was uneventful (understatement)!Nash's life becomes more interesting during his persistent courtship with his beloved Frances. Stuart offers an unflattering portrayal of Frances.With his lifestyle, the reader will wonder how Ogden was able to remain devoutly faithful to her. He was.Frances wasn't a "witch," but might have been a word that rhymes with it.Frances' personality and influence on Ogden will remain undocumented. I get the impression that she is still alive, but was not interviewed as part of Stuart's research.In addition, Mrs. Nash requested that the Curtis Brown collection be unavailable to Stuart. Perhaps all of Ogden's dirt is housed with Curtis Brown collection?

Readers under the age of 30 might find sections of this biography difficult to follow.Today's generation of poets use a word processor. I doubt that Ogden ever saw one.Yet, the word processor has had a profound effect on the composition of poetry. I wish Stuart would have addressed or described Nash's writing process. Nash didn't have a database to seek out rhymes as today's writers.In addition, younger readers will have difficulty in understanding poetry payments and cost of living during and after the Great Depression. A footnote about the value of the dollar during Nash's life would have been most helpful.

David Stuart's THE LIFE AND RHYMES OF OGDEN NASH is a wonderful contribution. Anyone who likes Nash's work will thoroughly enjoy this volume. ... Read more

17. Ogden Nash's Good Intentions
by Ogden Nash
Hardcover: 180 Pages (1942)

Asin: B000BERWRO
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Ogden Nash's first new collection of verse since "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" was published in 1938. Mr. Nash---the poet, storyteller in verse, the commentator on the human heart---is as witty and barbed as ever on such subjects as niblicks, diets, Ubblebubs, lather, antiques, and termites. ... Read more

18. The Ogden Nash Pocket Book
by Ogden , Louis Untermeyer ( intoduction) Nash
 Paperback: Pages (1946)

Asin: B000K1SYDY
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19. Ave Ogden! Nash in Latin: Poems
by Ogden Nash
Hardcover: 94 Pages (1975)

Isbn: 0233966323
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20. Marriage Lines Notes of a Student Husban
by Ogden Nash
 Paperback: Pages (1948-01-01)

Asin: B000Q3AZTM
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