Ogden Nash is recognized as one of America’s most widely appreciated and imitated writers of light verse. Among his best known lines are “Candy / is dandy, / but liquor / is quicker” and “Children aren’t happy / with nothing to ignore, / and that’s what parents / were created for.” Nash frequently contributed poems to periodicals including Harper’s, The Saturday Evening Post, Life and Vogue. He also made guest appearances on comedy and radio shows.
The Best of Ogden Nash is a recently published biography prepared by Nash’s daughters. It includes entries found in the Nash archives and in family letters and papers, in addition to beloved old favorites and other previously anthologized work.
“Ogden Nash’s poems have been referred to a national treasures,” Buchanan said. “He was best known for surprising, pun-like rhymes, sometimes with words deliberately misspelled for comic effect, as in ‘If called by a panther, / don’t anther.’ This new biography is a delightful, lighthearted book, just right for summer reading.”
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