(Frediric) Ogden Nash 1902–1971
American poet and playwright.
Famous for his outrageous and ingenious rhymes and puns, Nash is acknowledged as the best American writer of light verse of his era. Humor and sensitivity temper his satirical talent for exposing human foibles. Although critics generally deny Nash the status of "serious" poet, his audience is probably larger than that of any other poet in this century.
Two recent posthumous collections, The Old Dog Barks Backwards and A Penny Saved Is Impossible, are delightful additions to the many volumes Nash published during his 40-year career as a poet—a career which began in the editorial department of The New Yorker in 1930.
(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 13-14, Vols. 29-32, rev. ed. [obituary]; Contemporary Authors Permanent Series, Vol. 1; and Something about the Author, Vol. 2.)