Books: Old Doggerel, New Tricks

AVE OGDEN! NASH IN LATIN Translated by JAMES C. GLEESON and BRIAN N. MEYER 94 pages. Little, Brown. $5.95.

This small volume of Ogden Nash's better verse translated into Latin was put together, no doubt, to amuse those admirable scholars who actually understand Latin. Never mind them. The soul in real need of Nash in Latin belongs to a middleaged, indifferently educated individual who once, perhaps 25 years ago, earned an A-minus on a Latin test.

Of course this clod does not retain enough usable Latin to translate a tombstone, but he cannot admit it....

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