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i 'Mark It And Strike it'
NOW IN ITS THIRD PRINTING
Steve Allen’s autobiography MARK
IT AND STRIKE IT, recently pub
lished by Holt, Rinehart and Winston
in New York sells for $4.95 and it’s
worth every penny. He steps on your
toes here and there (in the book),
but somehow you don’t mind, be
cause you know he’s hitting home
with the truth . . . Bill Buchanan
. . . BOSTON DAILY RECORD
t his is not a book of memoirs written
by a man reminiscing at leisure
throughout his retired years. It is the
vital story of a man still in early
middle-lile, written under the pres
sures of an active career, a story as
live and warm as an intimate friend
ship . . . Hugh Robert Orr . . ,
PROGRESSIVE WORLD
Steve Allen, a man of varied talents,
not the least of which is writing, has
turned out an unusual biography . . .
All in all MARK IT AND STRIKE
IT is an engrossing and stimulating
story, giving a pretty good insight into
one of today’s most interesting and
sometimes controversial personalities
. . . THE HOLLYWOOD RE
PORTER
At first glance, I wondered what in
the world could be less fascinating
than the autobiography of Steve
Allen, the TV personality. I looked
around this book called MARK IT
AND STRIKE IT, and before I know
it was engrossed in the whole thing
. . . William Hogan . . . SAN FRAN
CISCO CHRONICLE
It is an honest and compelling self
portrait that Steve Allen has drawn
in MARK IT AND STRIKE IT and
if you have been exposed to him only
on your end of the television tube
you have a great discovery ahead of
you. Steve Allen, the human being,
deserves your respect and admiration
. . . A1 Morgan . . . NEW YORK
HERALD TRIBUNE
There’s much to commend in MARK
IT AND STRIKE IT. It’s author is
a serious man who is struggling to
know and understand himself and
this life. He has curiosity and cour
age and honest and he is a useful
man . . . Marsh Maslin . . . SAN
FRANCISCO NEWS CALL BUL
LETIN
Allen, who, despite his modest and
mumbled protests, is an enormously
gifted man, has brought to this bi
ography the distinction and flair with
which he enriches everything he
touches.
If this can be called a theatrical mem
oir, then it is superior in many re-,
spects . . . Jeff Davis . . . LOS AN
GELES MIRROR
A remarkable talent is Steve Allen.
He has more facets than a diamond
and more sides than an O'Neil play
script. For proof, read his autobi
ography MARK IT AND STRIKE
I F and discover the man behind the
horned-rimmed jester facade . . .
Charles A. Wagner , , , NEW YORK
MIRROR
Allen reveals an innate sensitivity to the complexities of our
troubled times and speaks of them not with the brash flip
pancy expected of a TV comic or MC, but the sagacity of a
student of humanities. A “must” book say you? Well, in a
word—YES! ... Jack Ellis .. . BOSTON SUNDAY HERALD.
This reviewer predicts that, with the publication of Allen’s
book, a spate of show business autobiographies will follow. If
half of these books are filled with the humor and insight of
Steve Allen’s, an “era” of good reading will ensue. David K.
Patton . . . AMARILLO NEWS GLOBE.
The book is extremely well written—there’s no question about
who wrote it. For once we can be certain that here is an auto
biography that is a real expression of the author—and that no
ghost, either disguised or acknowledged, lurks in the back
ground . . . Thyra Samter Winslow . . . GOTHAM GUIDE.
Because millions know his face and voice, Allen can’t escape
that strange and varied gallery of Americana listed under the
heading of celebrity. But the conviction persists that no one in
that group has ever produced (with or without a ghost) a book
as intelligent, thoughtful and well-written as Steve Allen’s . ..
[ack McPhaul . . . CHICAGO SUN TIMES.
STEVE ALLEN
Steve Allen’s autobiography is worth the attention of all read
ers who are interested in knowing about the development and
philosophy of a very talented American . , . Frank K. Kelly
. . . SANTA BARBARA NEWS PRESS.
Steve Allen, though usually thought of as a comedian, has deep
convictions about more serious aspects of living. His comments
I are thoughtful and intelligent, and a good many of his philo
sophies make sense to me . . . Elizabeth N. Holt . . . CEDAR
RAPIDS GAZETTE.
By a sensitive selection of people and events, Steve gives an
excellent picture of his background and youth. As interesting
as his life is, the most vital theme here is his intellectual
awakening . . . ASHEVILLE, N.C. CITIZEN.
In MARK IT AND STRIKE IT, Allen has accomplished a
feat that has eluded many undoubted literary geniuses — he
has written a genuinely modest autobiography . . . Ron Goben
. . . HONOLULU STAR.
The book reveals a fascinating human being who is as enter
taining and original on paper as he is on camera . . . PORT
LAND JOURNAL.
We hope Allen has a bodyguard or a
guardian angel . . . he'll need one or
both. Despite the merriment in the
book there is a lot of dangerous ma
terial, in which we ourselves believe,
but lack the courage to say . . . Mary
Rennels Snyder . . . THE GARY
POST TRIBUNE
Steve’s story is interesting, entertain
ing, witty, as one might reasonably
expect. It is also moving, thoughtful,
and thought provoking . . . L. E.
Ballard . . . THE PETAL PAPER
In this stimulating and provocative
memoir, the talented, many-faceted
Steve Allen, with his usual wit and
candor, reveals the real man behind
the piano-playing, song-writing funny
man his audiences know so well . . .
The reader is rewarded with quiet
humor, chuckles, and laughter from
the words of a man with humorous
insight who is capable of criticizing
himself . . . Ralph O. Shankle . , .
NEWPORT, VIRGINIA NEWS.
Allen writes well and he has a great
deal to say. That plus the modesty
that permeates his writing makes the
reading quite worthwhile and enjoy
able . . . Walter Eldot . . . DULUTH
NEWS TRIBUNE
Over the years, I have read very few
reminiscences by performers that ac
tually conveyed a sense of character,
growth or beauty. The two volumes
of Agnes de Mille’s autobiography, of
course. Perhaps the reminiscences of
Macready (an actor who also was a
scholar) or the letters of Garrick. In
general, though, actors see to it that
an old-time scrim, or gauze curtain,
remains between them and the pub
lic.
A performer whose motive in writing
appears to be the blowing down of
the scrim is Steve Allen. I have just
read his autobiography, “Mark It and
Strike It” and I feel as if I’d been
his close friend since childhood. Such
is his ability to project his mind and
heart—and prejudices and foibles—to
the printed page . . . Harriet Van
Horne . . . NEW YORK WORLD
TELEGRAM
MARK IT AND STRIKE IT is a
revealing, well told story of one of
the most interesting personalities in
show business . . . Jack Lewis . . ,
YOUNGSTOWN VINDICATOR
Allen has humor, compassion and
depth. He seems to be one of the
best Americans I have ever encoun
tered in print . . . Robert Poliak . . ,
HYDE PARK HERALD
The inclusion of lengthy speculations
and opinions on varied subjects sep
arates it from the insipid autobiog
raphies of other present-day enter
tainers . . . Fred Padula . . . NEW
YORK DAILY RECORD
Steve Allen is a man of many facets
and talents. One of these talents is
a real ability to write. In this auto
biography he tells with wit and frank
ness about the real man behind the
TV piano-playing wise-cracking Mas
ter of Ceremonies. His book is not
one of those “as told to” bits of froth,
but the work of a careful draftsman
. . . F.B.G. . . . CHARLESTON,
S.C. NEWS AND COURIER
The TV autobiography now on the
stands with the most depth is Steve
Allen’s “Mark It and Strike It.’’
What it promises is a look at “The
real man behind the piano-playing,
song-writing funny man his audiences
know so well.”
The difference between Steve and the
others is that there IS something very
real behind the stage Steve Allen . . .
Kristine Dunn , , . MIAMI NEWS
The writing is easy and interesting
. . . MARK IT AND STRIKE IT is
not, Steve makes clear, one of the
Lillian Roth or Diana Barrymore
kind of autobiography. Allen is a
crack comic; he’s also an entertain
ing and thoughtful commentator . . .
William Leonard . . . CHICAGO
TRIBUNE
Autobiographers seem to be getting
younger every year. But, as TV come
dian Steve Allen (39) shows in this
rewarding account of his hectic edu
cation to lite, they don’t necessarily
have less to say just because they be
gin to say it sooner . . . this long
memoir remains lively and interest
ing—largely because its author has so
obviously taken John Donne to heart
and become involved in mankind . . .
Earl W. Foel . . . CHRISTIAN
SCIENCE MONITOR
A facile writer and admittedly a one
take scrivener, prolific and versatile
at verse, fiction, song-smithing and
comedy, Allen culls from a varied
background for his attitudes on his
private and professional pursuits , , ,
Abel Green . . . VARIETY |
PUBLISHED BY HOLT, RINEHART AND WINSTON

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