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Loving Letters from Ogden Nash: A Family Album Hardcover – February, 1990

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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.
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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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (February 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316598356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316598354
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,688,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While reading, David Stuart's THE LIFE AND RHYMES OF OGDEN NASH, I learned of the out-of-print book by Linell Nash Smith entitled, LOVING LETTERS FROM OGDEN NASH: A FAMILY ALBUM. I immediately found and purchased a copy from the out-of-print section of amazon.com. I am so glad I did.
Stuart offers a very unflattering portrayal of Ogden's wife Frances. She appears like an exploitive, mean-spirited person. After reading Ogden's letters to her, it is obvious that my interpretation of Stuart's biography is grossly inaccurate. Frances Nash is a quiet person who was devoted wife and mother. I suspect that Stuart misinterpreted her shyness as being aloof. As I read Ogden's emotionally intense letters, I can easily see how a shy person would be reluctant to share her inner feelings with the general public. I understand that Frances' letters (her replies) have been destroyed. This is sad. If I could speak to Frances Nash, I'd ask her to read DATA SMOG by David Shenk. She would be assured that the most private place to store her letters is in a public place (i.e., Edgar Allan Poe's "The Purloined Letter").
I love our age of information technology. However, because of it we have lost the art of letter writing. Email is not the same as receiving a letter from the US Post Office. The elegance of Ogden's passion for Frances would have never reached its intensity via email. If you want proof, read EMAIL: A LOVE STORY by Stephanie D. Fletcher.
Nearly 700 letters were written to Frances. This equals one letter every 2 ½ days when Ogden and Frances were apart. Most interestingly, the passion found in Ogden's letters did not waver after they were married. These letters are delightfully charming and heart warming - even for a cynical person. Reading Ogden's letters can help one restore faith in humanity.
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A popular writer in the '30's this is a compulation of letters to family etc. He has a style and wit that is charming and makes a comfortable read. His devotion to his wife, Frances, and his children is heartwarming and ever present in his letters. It causes you to realize the lost art of letter writing and the ease which now-a-days people communicate. There are also wonderful family photos and mentions of famous people who were his friends during that era.
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