Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

Ogden Nash
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Born Frederick Ogden Nash on August 19, 1902 in Rye, New York.

An ancestor, General Francis Nash, gave his name to Nashville, Tennessee.

Raised in Rye, New York and Savannah, Georgia. Educated at St. George's School in Rhode Island and, briefly, Harvard University.

Started work writing advertising copy for Doubleday, Page Publishing, New York, in 1925.

Published first book for children, The Cricket of Caradon in 1925.

First published poem Spring Comes to Murray Hill appears in New Yorker magazine in 1930.

Joins staff at New Yorker in 1932.

Married Frances Rider Leonard on June 6, 1933. ... more »

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  • ''I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. "A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes," I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
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  • ''One man's remorse is another man's reminiscence.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
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  • ''Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. "A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes," I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
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  • ''A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. A Dog's Best Friend Is his Illiteracy, The Private Dining Room (1953).
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  • ''I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. Everybody Tells Me Everything, The Face Is Familiar (1940).
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  • Cathryn(5/13/2019 11:13:00 AM)

    I have seen different versions of Ogden Nash's Next! Does anyone know why there are different versions?

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  • Joseph Fryer(4/12/2019 7:05:00 AM)

    November is by Thomas Hood, not Ogden Nash

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  • David Timms(3/29/2019 10:04:00 AM)

    The one-l lama, he's a priest
    The two-l llama, he's a beast
    I will bet a silk pajama
    There isn't any three-l lllama

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  • Re tiny book(3/6/2019 5:52:00 PM)

    Did Ogden Nash puslish a very tiny book with his wonderful humour? : I have a very tiny one I am looking for amongst my books-it's some around!

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  • THIS SUCK! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !(1/18/2019 8:25:00 AM)

    THIS IS AWESOME! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • mgana(12/13/2018 12:53:00 PM)

    before I looked at the draft 4 $9852, I did not believe that...my... brother really bringing in money part-time at

    there labtop.. there aunts neighbour has been doing this for less than seventeen months and recently took care of

    the mortgage on there cottage and bourt a gorgeous Land Rover Range Rover. this is where I went, www.geosalary.com

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  • Bill russell(12/3/2018 8:01:00 PM)

    A 1-L lama, he's a beast, A 2-L lama, he's a beast, but I will get a silk pajama, there isn't any 3-L lama. (From memory from about 1953)

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  • Jean Portner(11/10/2018 12:58:00 PM)

    Old poem but I love it and can only remember the first part

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  • Deborah Connolly(11/1/2018 8:50:00 AM)

    One f my ekementary school teachers; a graduate of Boston Teacher's college quoted Ogden Nash one morning when I was a student in the early 60's about - no birds, no bees; no wonder November...I stll remeber that mornng poem but not all the words. Can anyone direct me to all the words of Ogden Nash's poem about November?

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  • Jim Malcolm(9/30/2018 3:16:00 AM)

    He found that rhyme is needed all the thyme
    But rhythm ythm!

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Best Poem of Ogden Nash

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.
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.
Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch's face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch's gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch ...

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