Axford, L. B. An Index to the Poems of Ogden Nash. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972. Because Nash’s individual poems were often reprinted, this bibliography is a handy way to find the first publication of any Nash poem and gauge its popularity by the number of reprintings.
Collins, Billy. “Billy Collins on Ogden Nash.” In Poetry Speaks, edited by Elise Paschen and Rebekah Presson Mosby. Napersville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, 2001. Simply placing Nash in this anthology and compact disk of poets reading their poetry—with the likes of Walt Whitman and T. S. Eliot—is a statement of Nash’s poetic quality, and Collins’s assessment confirms the choice, though he faults Nash’s verse for always trying to be funny.
Crandall, George W., ed. Ogden Nash: A Descriptive Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1990. Gives complete publishing details of Nash’s many books, through all their printings. Helpful for identifying occasional pieces not cited in Axford’s index.
Kermode, Frank. “Maturing Late or Simply Rotting Early?” The Spectator, September 24, 1994, 36-37. A major British critic discusses Nash’s appeal to a new generation of readers. Kermode is able to catch the literary allusions in Nash’s collected poems and dignifies Nash with a careful reading.
Nash, Ogden. Interview by Roy Newquist. In Conversations. New York: Dodd, 1959. An interview with Nash conducted at the peak of his career, looking back on his New Yorker days. Valuable for Nash’s comments on the craft of his verse.
_______. Loving Letters from Ogden Nash: A Family Album. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990. A selection of Nash’s personal letters, with commentary by his eldest daughter, Linnell Nash Smith.
Parker, Douglas M. Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America’s Laureate of Light Verse. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2005. A wide-ranging biography of the poet, illustrated and includes bibliography.
Stuart, David. The Life and Rhymes of Ogden Nash. Lanham, Md.: Madison Books, 2000. A critical biography, illustrated with photos from the Nash papers at the University of Texas in Austin. Includes verses about Nash by contemporary reviewers imitating his style and previously unpublished verses by such friends as Dorothy Parker and E. B. White.