Ogden Nash Biography
Birthday: August 19, 1902 (Leo)
Born In: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Frederic Ogden Nash was an American poet, well-known for his light verses with unconventional rhymes. Poetically inclined from a young age, he began scribbling verses from the age of six and started keeping a diary from the age of fourteen. An alumni of St. George's School and a Harvard-dropout, he initially had a number of jobs, but did not fit anywhere until he joined the publishing industry. It was while working in one that he first received international acclaim with his collection of humorous poems, ‘Hard Lines’. He was then twenty-nine years old. The following year, he left his job to concentrate fully on writing. Apart from more than five hundred hard-hitting poems that criticized the middleclass pretentious mentality, he was also equally successful in writing children’s verses and in his later years, he often wrote about his experiences on babysitting his grandchildren. In addition, he had also written scripts for three MGM films and three Broadway productions, one of which was hugely successful. Although he mostly used everyday vocabulary, which often included unprintable words, he was highly respected in literary circles and his poems were frequently anthologized in serious collections.