Ogden Nash

About Ogden Nash

Frederic Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971) was an American poet well known for his light verse.

Nash's first collection of poetry, Hard Lines, was published in 1931. He worked in advertising before his writing career took off. Once he started making more writing poetry ($40 a week), he left his advertising job and worked on a freelance basis.

At the time of his death in 1971, The New York Times said his "droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best-known producer of humorous poetry." Nash wrote over 500 pieces of comic verse. The best of his work was published in 14 volumes between 1931 and 1972.

Interesting Facts about Ogden Nash:

  1. He attended Harvard for one year.
  2. He was considered a hypochondriac.
  3. Nash's great-great-grandfather was the governor of North Carolina during the Revolution.
  4. Nashville, TN was named after his great-great-grandfather's brother.


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