Nash, (Frederic) Ogden
- Michael Hovland
(b Rye, NY, Aug 19, 1902; d Baltimore, MD, May 19, 1971). American poet and lyricist. He studied at Harvard University and worked in New York before settling in Baltimore as a full-time writer. He produced several volumes of light and satiric verse, a few screenplays, and lyrics for Broadway and television shows. More than 65 of his published poems have been set to music, the majority from his many verses about animals. The earliest known setting, Quartet for Prosperous Love Children (1933) by Robert Armbruster, is included in Nash’s Happy Days (also 1933). Most of the settings are found in a few choral and song cycles, the earliest of which was Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo (1947) by Vernon Duke. Other cycles include Who’s Who in the Zoo by Jean Berger, Ogden Nash Suite by Jerry Bilik, Essays on Women by Arthur Frackenpohl, and ...