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Loving letters from Ogden Nash : a family album
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971.
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First edition.
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Boston : Little, Brown, [1990]

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ix, 357 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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PS3527.A637 Z48 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3527.A637 Z48 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Ogden Nash's funny and loving letters to his wife, daughters and relatives which reveal the growth of the artist and the devotion of a passionate family man.

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Booklist Review

This delightful collection of family correspondence, assembled by the poet's daughter, shows readers the private side of Ogden Nash's life. There are no surprises here; refreshingly, Nash was not one of those tortured artists who are all too familiar to today's readers of psychobiography. Instead, Nash's life happily revolved around family, dating back to his idyllic childhood and continuing on through his satisfying marriage to Frances Rider Leonard. Smith skillfully and unobtrusively interweaves her own impressions and explanations with the letters to provide a contextual framework, which helps the reader understand Nash's shifting life circumstances. The letters, poems, notes, and jottings found here, most written to Nash's wife and spanning 60 years of the poet's life (1911-71), reveal a man with ordinary yearnings and concerns despite the famous literary "faces" we see in his descriptions of his career. Contains several hundred letters, winnowed from 1,100, and photos. An excellent addition to any literary collection. No index. --Mary Banas

Publisher's Weekly Review

Smith, Nash's daughter, here unveils only a portion of the letters written by the humorist to his wife, children and relatives. It is nevertheless a collection of generous scope, revealing the family man behind the famous creator of beguiling light verse and lyricist of the smash hit One Touch of Venus . The funniest and most touching epistles went daily from New York to Frances Leonard, a woman Nash met in Baltimore in 1928; he carried on a courtship by mail until she consented to marry him in 1931. Despite hard times in their long years together, Nash (1907-1971) remained, above all, a lover, and Frances his best-beloved, as revealed in one of his annual Valentine notes: ``More than a cat bird hates a cat, / Or a criminal hates a cue, / Or the Axis hates the United States, / That's how much I love you.'' Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A dwindling readership familiar with and fond of the light verse of Ogden Nash will relish his daughter's ample selection of her father's breezy but persistent letters to his fiancee Frances Leonard, and later, to his daughters Isabel and Linell. Written between 1928 and 1971, Nash's letters (his wife's to him are not included) are sometimes gushy, yet offer a tantalizing glimpse of his work in publishing firms, on The New Yorker , in the precarious business of Broadway collaborator, and on the grueling lecture circuit. Smith's perhaps too -generous offering shows that Nash was, above all, a family man, only second a poet and humorous public speaker.-- Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, Mo. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.