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Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Ogden Nash

For this, my third year doing the challenge, I am going literary. For every letter of the alphabet I will talk about a book, an author or a character from fiction or myth that made an impression, was inspirational, or caused me to think.

Ogden Nash remains a favorite American poet of light, humorous, and nonsense verse. One of his most famous is:

Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.

You can find a nice assortment of his poems here.

The Christmas That Almost Wasn'tMy favorite of his is a story poem called The Christmas that Almost Wasn't, with delightful illustrations by his daughter Linell Nash. Published in 1957, it's a book we read almost every year during the Christmas holidays.

Nicholas Knock is a seven year old boy who must rescue good King Oldwin and save Christmas from the king's evil nephew Evilard. It is full of humor and adventure,  a book worthy of being republished because it is a classic, unbound by time. If you like Christmas stories, this is one of the best.

Are you familiar with Nash? Have a favorite poem?

N is Ogden Nash (and Nicholas Knock)  Other N influences: Anais Nin, Andre Norton, The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Neverending Story (the book, not the movie)


  1. Ogdon Nash is always a favorite with his pithy little sayings.

  2. I love how you chose to do the challenge this year! I decided to back out this year but had I gone with your idea I think I would have been inspired. I admire your take and look forward to catching up on all the past one's you've chosen!

    With love - Jen from Unedited

  3. I have that book. It is in pretty much mint condition. The plastic cover a little worn, but other than that it's looking good. This gets eerier and eerier, Bish!

  4. You posts are giving me a guilty conscience as you keep coming up with peoples I've always promised myself I'd read - but haven't.

  5. Nash wrote some pretty witty ditties.
    As a stamp collector, I'm glad you used an image of a postage stamp.

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  6. Interesting theme! I have to admit I'm not very familiar with Ogden Nash...

  7. Wow, this may be the first of your posts I didn't already know about. Need to check into this Nash fellow...

  8. My wife is a big fan of Christmas stories, so I'm going to point her at this one. Thank you! :)

  9. A child need not be very clever
    To learn that "Later, dear" means never.

    Loved this one!

  10. Oh, I do love Ogden Nash. Now, if only I could possess a fraction of his wit and whimsy ... great theme for your abcderian challenge.

  11. Nice blog. I'm on a bit of a mission to get my favorite classic poem up in to my top ten posts so it shows on the sidebar. So it would be great if you would have a look. Ozymandias

  12. that Christmas book looks charming--thanks

  13. I read his poetry long ago. I enjoyed his style.

  14. I've heard of Ogden Nash. I didn't realize he was the author of "Candy is dandy..."


  15. hah, love his quote about candy and liquor...I came home and had a Mike's Hard Lemonade just to calm me down from my day! (since no ocean was available!)

  16. Seems like he has a clever way with words. I like that. Thanks for sharing. Also, The Neverending Story (the book) is one of my favorites.

  17. I've not heard of Ogden Nash, but I love that poem you sampled.

  18. Hi Bish .. I've heard of Ogden Nash and am sure I've read many of his pithy verses ... time to read more and keep an eye out for him .... the Christmas story does sound fun ..

    Cheers Hilary


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