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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


-- Website -- http://www.steveallen.com/
-- Steve Allen on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=steve+allen


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 Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The Girls on the 10th Floor and Other Stories (Short Story Index Reprint Series)
ISBN: 0836936086

Ayer Co Pub. 1958

The wake
ISBN: 0385076088

Doubleday. 1972

Curses;: Or, How never to be foiled again
ISBN: 0874770084

J. P. Tarcher; distributed by Hawthorn Books, New York. 1973

Schmock-Schmock!
ISBN: 038509664X

Doubleday. 1975

Meeting of Minds
ISBN: 087975561X

Prometheus Books. 1989

The man who invented the television talk show surpassed even himself when he created Meeting of Minds, the award-winning series that captured America's imagination. These four volumes offer the original scripts from the series, including material edited from the broadcast versions that ran from 1977 to 1981 on PBS stations nationwide.

Many believe that Meeting of Minds is the most brilliant series ever to be written for television. The show provides a groundbreaking opportunity to be exposed to ideas by way of a medium not normally known for its intellectual vigor.

Indeed, Meeting of Minds grew out of Allen's frustration with the mediocrity of the average network program. He envisioned the show as a stimulating round-table discussion conducted like any other talk show - except that the participants would be actors portraying some of the greatest minds and most prominent figures of history. Accordingly, such characters as Aristotle, Catherine the Great, Oliver Cromwell, Emily Dickinson, Margaret Sanger, Gandhi, Thomas Paine, Cleopatra, Theodore Roosevelt, and St. Thomas Aquinas appear in startlingly effective juxtaposition, their characters revealed through brilliantly conceived dialogue.

This first volume features appearances by President Theodore Roosevelt, Queen Cleopatra, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Paine, President Ulysses S. Grant, Queen Marie Antoinette, Sir Thomas More, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Emily Dickinson, Galileo Galilei, and Attila the Hun.

The scripts for Meeting of Minds make for excellent reading, distilling an enormous amount of research into a lively format that has the undeniable veracity of historical fact. The result is unfailingly witty, thought-provoking, and geniunely entertaining.

Steve Allen's lucidity and fertile intelligence are evident on every page. Meeting of Minds remains one of the freshest, most delightful ways of gaining historical perspective ever devised, an incomparable tour de force with the power to make history come alive.

Chopped-up Chinese
ISBN: 0843104546

Price/Stern/Sloan. 1978

Ripoff: A Look at Corruption in America
ISBN: 0818402490

Lyle Stuart. 1979

Disturbed by the extent of corruption in American society, Allen catalogs a variety of moral illnesses that plague government, business, and academia and calls for immediate remedial action

Meeting of Minds: The Complete Scripts, with Illustrations, of the Amazingly Successful PBS-TV Series, Second Series
ISBN: 0879755652

Prometheus Books. 1989

The man who invented the television talk show surpassed even himself when he created Meeting of Minds, the award-winning series that captured America's imagination. These four volumes offer the original scripts from the series, including material edited from the broadcast versions that ran from 1977 to 1981 on PBS stations nationwide.

Many believe that Meeting of Minds is the most brilliant series ever to be written for television. The show provides a groundbreaking opportunity to be exposed to ideas by way of a medium not normally known for its intellectual vigor.

Indeed, Meeting of Minds grew out of Allen's frustration with the mediocrity of the average network program. He envisioned the show as a stimulating round-table discussion conducted like any other talk show - except that the participants would be actors portraying some of the greatest minds and most prominent figures of history. Accordingly, such characters as Aristotle, Catherine the Great, Oliver Cromwell, Emily Dickinson, Margaret Sanger, Gandhi, Thomas Paine, Cleopatra, Theodo