Lot 104: Ogden Nash Letter on Being "mature enough to handle my correspondence properly"
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: “Maybe by my next birthday I will be mature enough to handle my correspondence properly” ********** NASH, OGDEN. (1902-1971). American writer of humorous verse. TLS. (“Ogden Nash”). 1p. 4to. Baltimore, March 13, 1941. On his personal Rugby Road stationery. To notable Civil War scholar and autograph collector ARNOLD F. GATES (1914-1993). ********** “It seems to have taken me seven months to acknowledge your very kind birthday wishes. Maybe by my next birthday I will be mature enough to handle my correspondence properly. Anyhow, all my thanks for your friendly words…”********** Nash began his writing career composing advertisements for streetcars. In 1925, he landed an editorial and publicity position with Doubleday, Page & Co. and in the same year his first children’s story, The Cricket of Carador, was published. Subsequent works included his humorous Born in a Beer Garden or, She Troupes to Conquer and his comical poem “Spring Comes to Murray Hill” published in the New Yorker. In addition to being a prolific author of nonsense verse, children’s stories and essays, Nash wrote for the theater and the screen. With his many lecture tours and television appearances, he became a well-known personality and his humorous quips such as “candy is dandy but liquor is quicker,” have attained a certain immortality. ********** Gates, a well-respected amateur historian of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, devoted 50 years to researching those subjects, reviewing books for the Lincoln Herald and contributing to such works as the anthology Lincoln for the Ages. He was an avid letter writer and “friend and unofficial agent of many a noted author,” (“Autographica Curiosa: How Not to Impress Emily Post,” Autograph Magazine, Butts). ********** With two light horizontal folds and in fine condition.