William Saroyan

Novelist + Playwright + Short Story Writer
Born Aug 31, 1908

William Saroyan was an Armenian American dramatist and author. The setting of many of his stories and plays is the center of Armenian American life in California in his native Fresno.

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1908 Birth William Saroyan was born on August 31, 1908 in Fresno, California, to Armenak and Takoohi Saroyan, Armenian immigrants from Bitlis, Ottoman Empire. … Read More


1932 23 Years Old Saroyan had a correspondence with writer Sanora Babb that began in 1932 and ended in 1941, that grew into an unrequited love affair on Saroyan's part.


1942 33 Years Old Saroyan served in the US Army during World War II. He was stationed in Astoria, Queens, spending much of his time at the Lombardy Hotel in Manhattan, far from Army personnel. In 1942, he was posted to London as part of a film unit. … Read More
1943 34 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Story for the film. … Read More


1949 40 Years Old By the late 1940s, Saroyan's drinking and gambling took a toll on his marriage, and in 1949, upon returning from an extended European trip, he filed for divorce. They were remarried briefly in 1951 and divorced again in 1952 with Marcus later claiming in her autobiography, Among the Porcupines: A Memoir, that Saroyan was abusive. … Read More
1952 43 Years Old …  In 1952, Saroyan published The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills, the first of several volumes of memoirs. … Read More
1958 49 Years Old Saroyan worked rapidly, hardly editing his text, and drinking and gambling away much of his earnings. From 1958 on, he mainly resided in a Paris apartment.


1979 70 Years Old In 1979, William Saroyan was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
1981 73 Years Old Died on May 18, 1981.
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