Mark Harris was an American novelist, literary biographer, and educator. His first novel, Trumpet to the World, is the story of a young black soldier married to a white woman who is put on trial for striking back at a white officer. While teaching at San Francisco State College, Harris promoted his then-most-recent book in a television appearance as guest contestant on NBC’s You Bet Your Life, a game show hosted by Groucho Marx.
Harris was best known for a quartet of novels about baseball players, titled The Southpaw, It Looked Like For Ever, and Ticket for a Seamstitch. The fourth novel, Bang the Drum Slowly, was adapted for ABC’s television anthology series, The United States Steel Hour, and a film of the same name, with the screenplay written by Harris.
Other works include Something About a Soldier, which was adapted by Ernest Kinoy for the Broadway stage (Ambassador Theatre).