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I 'Mark It And Strike It' NOW IN ITS THIRD PRINTING ! Steve Allen’s autobiography MARK * IT AND S 1 RIKE IT, recently pub !< lished by Holt, Rinehart and Winston J in New York sells tor $4.95 and it’s J worth every penny. He steps on your * toes here and there (in the book), i but somehow you don’t mind, be J cause you know he’s hitting home * with the truth . . . Bill Buchanan * . . . BOSTON DAILY RECORD Steve Allen, a man ot varied talents, not the least ot 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 ot today’s most interesting and sometimes controversial personalities ... THE HOLLYWOOD RE PORTER It is an honest and compelling selt portrait that Steve Allen has drawn in MARK IT AND STRIKE IT and it yon 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 . . . Al Morgan ... NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE Allen, who, despite his modest and > mumbled protests, is an enormously j! git ted man, has brought to this bi- J ography the distinction and flair with ' which he enriches everything he ' touches. J If this can be called a theatrical mem- J oir, then it is superior in many re spects . . . Jett Davis . . . LOS AN- 5 CELLS MIRROR J t 1 his is not a book ol memoirs written ! by a man reminiscing at leisure \ throughout his retired years. It is the * vital story ot a man still in early t middle-life, written under the pres J sures of an active career, a story as J live and warm as an intimate triend r ship . . . Hugh Robert Orr . . . ! PROGRESSIVE WORLD At first glance, 1 wondered what in the world could be less fascinating than the autobiography ot 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 1 here’s much to commend in MARK I I AND STRIKE IT. It’s author is a serious man who is struggling to know and understand himsell and this lile. He has curiosity and cour age and honest and he is a useful man . . . Marsh Maslin . . . SAN FRANCISCO NEWS CALL BUL LETIN A remarkable talent is Steve Allen. * He has more lacets than a diamond \ and more sides than an O’Neil play- * script. For proof, read his autobi- * ography MARK IT AND STRIKE ! IT and discover the man behind the \ horned-rimmed jester facade ... ' Charles A. Wagner . . . NEW YORK ! MIRROR J Allen reveals an innate sensitivity to the complexities ot our troubled times and speaks ot them not with the brash flip pancy expected of a TV comic or MC, but the sagacity ot a student ot humanities. A “must” book say you? Well, in a word-YES! . . . Jack Ellis . . . BOSTON SUNDAY HERALD. This reviewer predicts that, with the publication ot 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” ot good reading will ensue. David K. Patton . . . AMARILLO NEWS GLOBE. I'he 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 ot 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 . . . lack McPhaul . . . CHICAGO SUN TIMES. STEVE ALLEN Steve Allen s autobiography is worth the attention ol all read- j ers who are interested in knowing about the development and n philosophy of a very talented American . . . Frank K. Kelly 1 . . SAN l A BARBARA NEWSTRESS. ; Steve Allen, though usually thought ol as a comedian, has deep ■ convictions about more serious aspects ot living. His comments > are thoughtful and intelligent, and a good many ot his philo- \ sophies make sense to me . . . Elizabeth N. Holt . . . CEDAR \ RAPIDS GAZETTE. ; By a sensitive selection of people and events, Steve gives an P excellent picture of his background and youth. As interesting J as his life is, the most vital theme here is his intellectual 1 awakening . . . ASHEVILLE, N.C. CITIZEN. I In MARK IT AND STRIKE IT, Allen has accomplished a I 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- \ tabling and original on paper as he is on camera . . . PORT- J LAND JOURNAL. - < J We hope Allen has « bodyguard or a f guardian angel . . . he’ll need one or x both. Despite the merriment in the book there is a lot ot dangerous ma terial, in which we ourselves believe, x but lack the courage to say . . . Mary J Rennels Snyder . . . THE GARY ; POST TRIBUNE > Steve’s story is interesting, entertain x mg, witty, as one might reasonably \ expect. It is also moving, thoughtful, and thought provoking . . . L. E. x Ballard . . . THE PETAL PAPER \ In this stimulating and provocative 5 memoir, the talented, many-faceted J Steve Allen, with his usual wit and x candor, reveals the real man behind J the piano-playing, song-writing funny J man his audiences know so *well . . . x The reader is rewarded with quiet \ humor, chuckles, and laughter from J the words of a man with humorous * insight who is capable of criticizing x himself . . . Ralph O. Shankle . . . J NEWPORT, VIRGINIA NEWS. >' Allen writes well and he has a great x deal to say. That plus the modesty r that permeates his writing makes the reading quite worthwhile and enjoy x able . . . Walter Eldot . . . DULUTH X 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 ol 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 T he inclusion of lengthy speculations and opinions on varied subjects sep arates it from the insipid autobiog raphies ol other present-day enter tainers . . . Fred Padula . . . NEW YORK DAILY RECORD Steve Allen is a man ot 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 ot 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 Aden (39) shows in this rewarding account of his hectic edu cation to life, 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 j \ __ _ _ _ u ^ __ ^ ^ ___