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Ogden Nash
Frederic Ogden Nash
BirthplaceRye, New York
Poet, author, lyricist
EducationHarvard University (for 1 year)

Nash, Ogden,

1902–71, American poet, b. Rye, N.Y., studied at Harvard. He was popular for a wide assortment of witty and immensely quotable doggerel verses, ranging from urbane satire to absurdity in their subject and rhyme. For several decades his work appeared regularly in the New Yorker. Nash also wrote plays, e.g., One Touch of Venus (1943) in collaboration with Kurt WeillWeill, Kurt
, 1900–1950, German-American composer, b. Dessau, studied with Humperdinck and Busoni in Berlin. He first became known with the production of two short satirical surrealist operas, Der Protagonist (1926) and Der Zar lässt sich photographieren
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 and S. J. PerelmanPerelman, S. J.
(Sidney Joseph Perelman) , 1904–79, American comic writer, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. He entered the magazine world as a cartoonist for a New York weekly, soon turning from drawing to writing.
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, and children's books. His collections include Hard Lines (1931), I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938), Selected Verse (1946), Versus (1949), The Private Dining Room (1953), You Can't Get There from Here (1957), Verses from 1929 On (1959), Everyone but Thee and Me (1962), and Bed Riddance (1970).


See biography by D. M. Parker (2005).

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Nash, (Frediric) Ogden

(1902–71) poet, writer; born in Rye, N.Y. He studied at Harvard (1920–21), taught briefly, and was a bond salesman in New York (1924). After he got a job in publishing, he began to contribute his humorous poems to magazines including the New Yorker, whose editorial staff he joined in 1932. He soon became known as one of America's most sophisticated as well as popular poets. His poetry's ingenious rhymes and witty juxtapositions soon gained him a reputation with both sophisticates and the general public. In addition to plays and prose pieces, he collaborated with S. J. Perelman on the libretto for the musical One Touch of Venus (1943) and the inimitable verses for a recording of Saint-Saëns "Carnival of the Animals."
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