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Ogden Nash - Ogden Nash Reads Ogden Nash 1953

On: Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ogden Nash
Birth name
Aug 19 1902 - May 19 1971 age 68
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Ogden Nash Reads Ogden Nash was one of spoken word label Caedmon's earliest (1953), and most successful, releases. Nash reads "Portrait Of The Artist As A Prematurely Old Man," "Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer," and 26 other poems. The cover drawing is by legendary celebrity artist Al Hirschfeld.
Nash reads his poetry in a soft Boston accent, with an even tempo and virtually no theatrics. It would be very easy to over accentuate or telegraph the "bombs" but he just smoothly lets them out.
It's tempting to say Nash's poetry is out of date, belonging to another time, a different sensibility. One of Nash's favorite subjects was women, and while his observations might have been funny 40 years ago, today they would definitely raise the ire of the more correct thinking among us. To some, his menagerie of animal poems, collected on
Parents Keep Out, stand up best. These poems show his mastery of puns, wordplay and bizarre rhymes.
Nash worked for the New Yorker (where his poems first appeared) during the '30s. He wrote a number of screenplays, and wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy
One Touch of Venus.   Ogden Nash died in 1971.  

Side 1
01 Kind of an Ode to Duty
02 Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man

03 Good-bye, Old Year, You Oaf, or Why Don't They Pay the Bonus?
04 Geddondillo
05 Watchman, What of the First First Lady?
06 Song for a Temperature of a Hundred and One
07 Medusa and the Mot Juste
08 A Beginner's guide to the Ocean
09 The Terrible People
10 I Don't Mean Us, Except Occasionally
11 That Reminds Me
12 The Evening Out
13 Don't Grin, or You'll Have to Bear It
14 I Remember Yule

Side 2
15 Spring Song
16 Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer
17 I Do, I Will, I Have
18 How Do You Say "Ha-Ha" in French?
19 What to Do Until the Doctor Goes, or It's Tomorrow Than You Think
20 The Polterguest, My Polterguest
21 Piano Tuner, Untune Me That Tune
22 Thoughts Thought After a Bridge Party
23 Mr. Bett's Mind a Kingdom Is
24 Allow Me, Madam, but It Won't Help
25 You and Me and P. B. Shelley
26 The Strange Case of Mr. Ormantude's Bride
27 How to be Married Without a Spouse, or Mr. Kipling, What Have You Done with Mrs. Hauksbee?
28 Spring Comes to Murray Hill

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Thanks Stephen K!

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