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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Martin Marcus  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1933 in Chicago IL

-- Martin Marcus on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Marcus was educated at Chicago Public Schools. He has a B. A. from Northwestern University. His first job was at WBBM where he wrote "The Gold Coast Show". Over the course of thirty years, he worked as a copywriter and creative director in Chicago advertising agencies including Leo Burnett, Needham Harper and Steers and McCann Erickson.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marcus wrote documentaries about music for CBS radio network and for syndication. His essays have been published in ''Chicago Tribune Magazine'', ''Gent'', ''Status'' and ''Minneapolis/St.Paul Magazine''. Marcus has taught continuing education writing workshops at New Trier and copywriting at Columbia College Chicago. In 1968, he wrote the international best selling book, ''Yiddish for Yankees or Funny, You Don't Look Gentile''. In 1971, Doubleday & Co. published his book ''The Power of Yiddish Thinking''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Yiddish for Yankees or Funny, You Don't Look Gentile

Lippincott. 1968


The Power of Yiddish Thinking : The Way to Mastery Through a Kind of Verbal Karate

Doubleday. 1971

Troika V
ISBN: 0939395193

Thorntree Press. 1994

Book by Glen Brown, Martin Marcus, Lydia Webster

Hollywood Park: A Novel
ISBN: 1403365296

1st Book Library. 2002

Speaking Engagements

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