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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
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