Books: White-Collar Laureate

FAMILY REUNION (146 pp.) — Ogden Nash—Little, Brown ($2.50).

Ogden Nash, whose books have sold more than 1,000,000 copies, is probably the only writer of doggerel who has made a good thing, as well as a career, of giving calculated affront to poetry. The difference between Nash and his imitators is that somewhere in the cunningly dislocated gears of his lines he imprisons a patented point of view. It was observable in one of his earliest verses (sold to The New Yorker, in 1930), which began:

I sit in an office at 244 Madison Avenue And say to myself you have...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!