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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steve Allen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: December 26, 1921 in New York, New York

Died: October 30, 2000 in Encino, California

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Illinois Connection

Allen was raised on the south side of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Steve Allen was born Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. He was an American television personality, musician, actor, comedian, and writer. He was also a radio and tv personality and an award winning composer.

Published Works

  • Bop Fables, Simon & Schuster, 1955
  • Fourteen for Tonight, Henry Holt & Company, 1955
  • The Funny Men, Simon & Schuster, 1956
  • Wry on the Rocks, Henry Holt & Company, 1956
  • The Girls on the Tenth Floor and Other Stories, Henry Holt & Company, 1958, reprinted 1970
  • The Question Man, Bellmeadow Press, with Bernard Geis Associates, 1959
  • Mark It and Strike It: An Autobiography, Holt, Reinhart & Winston, 1960
  • Not All of Your Laughter, Not All of Your Tears, Bernard Geis $ Associates, 1962
  • Dialogues in Americanism, Henry Regnery Co., 1964 - written with L. Brent Bozell, Jr., William F. Buckley, Jr., Robert M. Hutchins, James MacGregor Burns, and Willmoore Kendall
  • Letter to a Conservative, Doubleday & Company, 1965
  • The Ground is Our Table, Doubleday & Company, 1966
  • Bigger Than A Breadbox, Paperback Library, 1967
  • The Flash of Swallows, Droke House, 1969
  • The Wake, Doubleday & Company, 1972
  • Princess Snip-Snip and the Puppy-Kittens, Platt & Monk, 1973
  • Curses! or... How Never to Be Foiled Again, J. P. Tarcher, 1973
  • What To Say When It Rains, Price, Stern & Sloan, 1974
  • Schmock!-Schmock!, Doubleday & Company, 1975
  • Meeting of Minds: The Complete Scripts, With Illustrations, of the Amazingly Successful PBS-TV Series - Series I, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1978, reprinted 1989
  • Chopped-Up Chinese, Price, Stern & sloan, 1978
  • Ripoff: A Look at Corruption in America, Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1979 - written with Roslyn Bernstein and Donald H. Dunn
  • Meeting of Minds: The Complete Scripts, with Illustrations, of the Amazingly Successful PBS-TV Series, Second Series, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1979, reprinted 1989
  • Explaining China: An Objective View of Contemporary China / 150 photographs, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1980
  • Funny People, Stein & Day Pub., 1981
  • The Talk Show Murders, Delacorte Press, 1982
  • Beloved Son: A Story of the Jesus Cults, Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1982
  • More Funny People, Stein & Day Pub., 1982
  • How to Make a Speech, McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1986
  • How to Be Funny: Discovering the Comic You, Prometheus Books, 1987 - written with Jane Wollman, reprinted 1992 and 1998
  • Murder on the Glitter Box, Zebra, 1989
  • The Passionate Nonsmoker's Bill of Rights: The First Guide to Enacting Nonsmoking Legislation, William Morrow Company, 1989 - written with Bill Adler, Jr.
  • Dumbth: And 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter, Prometheus Books, 1989, reprinted 1998
  • Meeting of Minds: The Complete Scripts, With Illustrations, of the Amazingly Successful PBS-TV Series - Series III, Prometheus Books, 1989
  • Meeting of Minds: The Complete Scripts, with Illustrations, of the Amazingly Successful PBS-TV Series, Fourth Series, Prometheus Books, 1989
  • The Public Hating: A Collection of Short Stories, Barricade Books, 1990
  • Murder in Manhattan, Zebra Books, 1990
  • Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality, Prometheus Books, 1990
  • Murder in Vegas, Zebra Books, 1991
  • Hi-Ho, Steverino: The Story of My Adventures in the Wonderful Wacky World of Television, Barricode Books, 1992
  • The Murder Game, Zebra Books, 1993
  • Make `Em Laugh, Prometheus Books, 1993
  • More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, Morality, Prometheus Books, 1993
  • Reflections, Prometheus Books, 1994
  • Murder on the Atlantic, Zebra Books, 1995, reprinted 1996
  • The Man Who Turned Back the Clock, and Other Short Stories, Prometheus Books, 1995
  • The Bug and the Slug in the Rug, Greene Bark Press, 1995
  • But Seriously ... : Steve Allen Speakes His Mind, Prometheus Books, 1996
  • Wake Up to Murder, Kensington, 1996
  • Die Laughing, Kensington, 1998
  • Murder in Hawaii, Kensington, 1999
  • Steve Allen's Songs: 100 Lyrics with Commentary, McFarland & Co., 1999
  • Steve Allen's Private Joke File, Three Rivers Press, 2000
  • Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio: Raising the Standards of American Culture, Prometheus Books, 2001

Selected Titles At Your Library

The girls on the 10th floor
ISBN: 0836936086. OCLC Number:

Books for Libraries Press. Freeport, N.Y.,. [1970, ©1958]

The wake.
ISBN: 0385076088. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. Garden City, N.Y.,. 1972.

ISBN: 0874770084. OCLC Number:

J.P. Tarcher; distributed by Hawthorn Books, New York,. Los Angeles, Calif. :. [1973]

Schmock-Schmock! /
ISBN: 038509664X. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. Garden City, N.Y. :. 1975.

Meeting of minds :
ISBN: 087975561X. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Buffalo, N.Y. :. ©1989.

Chopped-up Chinese /
ISBN: 0843104546. OCLC Number:

Price/Stern/Sloan,. Los Angeles :. ©1978.

Ripoff :
ISBN: 0818402490. OCLC Number:

L. Stuart,. Secaucus, N.J. :. 1979.

Meeting of minds :
ISBN: 0879755652. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Buffalo, N.Y. :. ©1989.

Explaining China /
ISBN: 0517540622. OCLC Number:

Crown Publishers,. New York :. ©1980.

Reports his personal observations and reactions to modern China following his three trips there since 1975.

Funny people /
ISBN: 0812827643. OCLC Number:

Stein and Day,. New York :. 1981.

The Talk show murders /
ISBN: 0440084717. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. New York :. ©1982.

Private investigator, Roger Dale, finds himself sucked into finding the brazen killer who kills talk show guests from under everyone's nose. Dale finds himself more frustrated as the body count piles up, and the FBI gets more persistent in trying to get him to drop the case. Finally, Dale and the FBI decide to work together when he comes up with the idea to use himself as bait for the next primetime victim.

Beloved son :
ISBN: 0672526786. OCLC Number:

Bobbs-Merrill,. Indianapolis :. ©1982.

The results of a 10-year study of cults begun when the author's son joined the Love Family in 1971 in which he makes an objective examination of cults and their effects on members' families.

More funny people /
ISBN: 0812828844. OCLC Number:

Stein and Day,. New York :. 1982.

How to make a speech /
ISBN: 0070011648. OCLC Number:

McGraw-Hill,. New York :. ©1986.

Entertainer Steve Allen demonstrates how anyone, in any circumstance, can master and use the fundamentals of effective public speaking.

How to be funny :
ISBN: 1573922064. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Amherst, N.Y. :. 1998.

The passionate nonsmoker's bill of rights :
ISBN: 0688062954. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. ©1989.

Murder on the glitter box /
ISBN: 0821727524. OCLC Number:

Kensington Pub. Corp.,. New York, NY :. ©1989.

Dumbth :
ISBN: 1573922374. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Amherst, N.Y. :. 1998.

Steve Allen's humorous and provocative examination of the increasing American tendency toward muddle-headedness and ineptitude.

Meeting of minds :
ISBN: 0879755660. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Buffalo, N.Y. :. ©1989.

Meeting of minds :
ISBN: 0879755679. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Buffalo, N.Y. :. ©1989.

The public hating :
ISBN: 0942637224. OCLC Number:

Dembner Books :. New York :. ©1990.

Murder in Manhattan /
ISBN: 0821730339. OCLC Number:

Kensington Pub. Corp.,. New York :. ©1990.

Steve Allen on the Bible, religion, & morality /
ISBN: 0879756381. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Buffalo, N.Y. :. ©1990.

"Draws on the expertise of biblical scholars, theologians, and philosophers to demonstrate that fundamentalist assumptions about the reliability and authenticity of the Bible ... have no rational or factual basis"--Inside dust jacket.

Murder in Vegas /
ISBN: 0821734628. OCLC Number:

Kensington Pub. Corp.,. New York, NY :. ©1991.

Hi-ho, Steverino! :
ISBN: 0942637550. OCLC Number:

Barricade Books ;. Fort Lee, N.J. :. ©1992.

The murder game /
ISBN: 0821741152. OCLC Number:

Zebra Books,. New York :. ©1993.

America was ready for a nostalgic treat - or so the United Broadcasting System thought when it revived one of television's most popular game shows after a twenty-year absence from the air waves. Little did the network know that it was setting the stage for murder ... A member of the original celebrity panel of "The Murder Game" show; Steve's vivacious wife, Jayne Meadows, was invited to a reunion with other show business personalities of the original cast to solve.

Make 'em laugh /
ISBN: 0879758376. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Buffalo, N.Y. :. 1993.

More Steve Allen on the Bible, religion & morality /
ISBN: 0879757361. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Buffalo, N.Y. :. 1993.

Throughout the alphabetical arrangement of this book, Allen quotes Catholic, Protestant, and Judaic Biblical scholars in an attempt to make people think reasonably about the Bible.

Reflections /
ISBN: 0879759046. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Amherst, N.Y. :. 1994.

"Steve Allen does so many things, he's the only man I know who's listed on every one of the Yellow Pages". That's how protege Andy Williams once described Steve Allen; and Noel Coward called him "the most talented man in America". Apt descriptions, indeed; for Allen is not only a comedian, but a prolific writer, composer, pianist, actor, and a serious thinker as well. Those who are familiar with Steve Allen only in his capacity as a comedian may find it surprising that in Reflections he has produced a collection of thought-provoking philosophical observations on a variety of serious topics. But anyone who knows such works as his two-volume study of Scriptures - Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality - or his incisive critique of America's declining intellectual standards - "Dumbth": And 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter - will realize that Allen's serious side is at least as creative and interesting as his flights of comedic fancy. Steve Allen is a largely self-taught intellectual. Perhaps this is the reason that he is able to write in a casual but clear, nonacademic style, which makes even his weightiest ideas accessible to the average reader. And as befits a professional humorist, Allen displays his wit from time to time in these pages. But by and large, his comments on assorted philosophical, political, and social questions are not only serious but challenging. No matter what issue he addresses - aging, happiness, heroes, justice, love, psychology, religion, sex, or TV - the popular humorist and philosopher in one always finds something fresh and insightful to say.

Murder on the Atlantic /
ISBN: 1575660970. OCLC Number:

Kensington Pub. Corp.,. New York, NY :. ©1996.

The man who turned back the clock, and other short stories /
ISBN: 1573920029. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Amherst, N.Y. :. 1995.

The bug and the slug in the rug /
ISBN: 1880851172. OCLC Number:

Greene Bark Press,. Bridgeport, CT :. ©1995.

While traveling through a rug, one day, a bug comes upon a slug for the first time only to learn that as different as each is in appearance they have a lot in common.

But seriously-- :
ISBN: 1573920908. OCLC Number:

Prometheus Books,. Amherst, NY :. 1996.

Norman Cousins once wrote that "In any inventory of the natural resources on this planet", Steve Allen's conscience is "high on the list". It is this wonderfully prolific, highly educated conscience which prompted each of the articles included in But Seriously ... Steve Allen Speaks His Mind. Such a dynamic, energetic conscience has encouraged Allen throughout his career as an author and entertainer to examine the innumerable facets of modern American society, identifying the many problems which desperately need to be corrected and developing provocative new solutions to do so. Allen's razor-sharp insights always cut to the core of the issue, whether the topic involves labor relations, the atomic bomb, gifted education, or the lessons to be learned from the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. This collection of speeches, articles, personal correspondence, and other writings constitutes a well-reasoned anthology filled with good humor, irony, and a deep concern for the human condition. Allen's devotion to common sense and serious social involvement carves a path for others to follow.

Wake up to murder /
ISBN: 1575660903. OCLC Number:

Kensington Books,. New York :. ©1996.

Steve Allen and his wife are surrounded by murder while guest hosting on Good Morning, U.S.A.

Die laughing /
ISBN: 1575662418. OCLC Number:

Kensington Books,. New York :. ©1998.

Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows investigate the spate of murders of comedians which began when slapstick king Terry Parker is discovered stabbed to death while attending the black-tie funeral for Benny Hartman, the 85-year-old, cigar-chomping veteran of vaudeville, radio, stage, and screen.

Murder in Hawaii /
ISBN: 1575663759. OCLC Number:

Kensington,. New York :. 1999.

In Hawaii, sleuth Steve Allen and his wife, Jayne, go on location of the filming of a TV crime drama to investigate an attempted murder. Someone damaged the car brakes of the leading actor.

Steve Allen's songs :
ISBN: 0786407360. OCLC Number:

McFarland & Co.,. Jefferson, N.C. :. ©1999.

Steve Allen's private joke file /
ISBN: 0609806726. OCLC Number:

Three Rivers Press,. New York :. ©2000.

Compiles jokes, anecdotes, one-liners, and quotes delivered by the comedian and original host of "The Tonight Show."

Vulgarians at the gate :
ISBN: 1573928747. OCLC Number:

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"Do you know what your kids are watching on TV or hearing on the radio? While channel surfing, they may come across an episode of Sex and the City, in which the leading ladies light-heartedly compare notes on penis size; the cartoon series South Park, with its talking piece of excrement; the brawling of dysfunctional families on the Jerry Springer show; the latest sex-purveying, women-hating, and violence-inciting rap video on MTV; or the rantings of radio shock-jock Howard Stern."