Saroyan, William

born Aug. 31, 1908, Fresno, Calif., U.S.
died May 18, 1981, Fresno

U.S. writer.

Saroyan was the largely self-educated son of an Armenian immigrant. He made his initial impact during the Depression with brash, original, and irreverent stories celebrating the joy of living in spite of poverty, hunger, and insecurity. Much of his fiction is based on his childhood and family. His story collections include The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934), Inhale and Exhale (1936), and My Name is Aram (1940). His other works include the play The Time of Your Life (1939, Pulitzer Prize) and The Human Comedy (1943), a sentimental novel of life in a small California town.

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▪ American author
born Aug. 31, 1908, Fresno, Calif., U.S.
died May 18, 1981, Fresno
 U.S. writer who made his initial impact during the Depression with a deluge of brash, original, and irreverent stories celebrating the joy of living in spite of poverty, hunger, and insecurity.

      The son of an Armenian immigrant, Saroyan left school at 15 and educated himself by reading and writing. His first collection of stories, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934), was soon followed by another collection, Inhale and Exhale (1936). His first play, My Heart's in the Highlands, was brilliantly produced by the Group Theatre in 1939. In 1940 Saroyan refused the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Time of Your Life (performed 1939) on the grounds that it was “no more great or good” than anything else he had written.

      Saroyan was concerned with the basic goodness of all people, especially the obscure and naive, and the value of life. His mastery of the vernacular makes his characters vibrantly alive. Most of his stories are based on his childhood and family, notably the collection My Name Is Aram (1940) and the novel The Human Comedy (1943). His novels, such as Rock Wagram (1951) and The Laughing Matter (1953), were inspired by his own experiences of marriage, fatherhood, and divorce.

      From 1958 on, Saroyan lived mostly in Paris for “tax purposes,” though he continued to maintain a home in Fresno, Calif., where he had been born and raised. The autobiographical element was strong in all his work, usually disguised as fiction; but some of his later memoirs, consisting of vignettes and brief essays written largely in Paris and Fresno, have their own enduring value. They include Here Comes, There Goes You Know Who (1961), Not Dying (1963), Days of Life and Death and Escape to the Moon (1971), and Places Where I've Done Time (1975).

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