William Saroyan
Novelist, playwright, short story writer
William Saroyan
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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Translated by Qasem Rostami - Iran Book News Agency
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"My Name is Aram" is a book of short stories by William Saroyan which has been rendered into Persian by Qasem Rostami. IBNA: The stories detail the exploits of Aram Garoghlanian, a boy of Armenian descent growing up in Fresno, California,
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Library must right its ship before vote - Fresno Bee
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Another is to properly display and curate the library's William Saroyan archive. Such words should be good news to Heritage Fresno, which is tangling with Prysiazny over the weeding of books and documents. But Charles Barrett, co-chair of Heritage
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Touring shows coming to the Valley - Fresno Bee
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Phineas and Ferb, 4 pm Sept.18, William Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St., $14-$45, www.fresnoconventioncenter.com/ venues/saroyan.html. Abbey Road - A Tribute to the Beatles, 7:30 pm Sept. 22, Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave., 485-9050, $20-$30,
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Book Map: Nathanael West & Los Angeles - mediabistro.com
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Bookstore regulars included William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Fante, William Saroyan, John Sanford, Dashiell Hammett, Budd Schulberg and others. Republic Productions (RKO Pictures) / 4024 North Radford Avenue Studio City, CA: West finally got
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TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Maria Montessori (1870-1952), physician/educator; William Saroyan (1908-1981), playwright; Buddy Hackett (1924-2003), comedian/actor; James Coburn (1928-2002), actor; Frank Robinson (1935- ), baseball player/manager; Van Morrison
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Garboushian Gallery Exhibit to Highlight Defining Role of Armenian Artists in ... - Asbarez Armenian News
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Planned artworks include pieces by John Altoon, Charles Garabedian, Leo Krikorian, Paul Sarkisian, Sam Tchakalian and writer/poet William Saroyan, among others. These artists are featured not only because they are California Armenian Americans,
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Role Models (Only Blacks Need Apply) - BernardGoldberg.com (blog)
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Having been a baseball fan all my life and a fairly precocious reader (The Grapes of Wrath at age 11), the names I came up with were Ted Williams, Stan Musial, John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, and Humphrey Bogart. For someone born in Chicago in 1940,
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"Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!” Online Giveaway - KMPH Fox 26
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Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! hits the William Saroyan Theatre at Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center on Sunday, September 18 th and KMPH FOX 26 and KFRE CW 59 want your family to experience this musical madness!
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Can chipmunks understand Armenian? - Armenian Reporter
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I suspect they were brought up the Armenian way because of their originator's background with his immigrant parents and, of all people, his cousin William Saroyan. Not only did Bagdasarian perform in the Broadway cast of Saroyan's "The Time of Your
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Words to think about: Armenian history, contributions to American society ... - Highland Community News (subscription)
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... former Governor of California; Andre Agassi, tennis player; Cher, famous singer/actress; Mike Connors (Obanian) actor; William Saroyan, writer; Garry Kasporov, world chess champion; and Dr. Jack Kevorkian, physician. To name only a few
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William Saroyan - My Heart's in the Highlands / Mon Coeur dans les montagnes - Nouvelles d'Arménie
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ENGLEWOOD, NJ - Une nouvelle production de William Saroyan, My Heart's in the Highlands [Mon Cœur dans les montagnes], a été présentée, traduite en arménien occidental, les 26 et 27 juin 2010 par la Compagnie Théâtrale Mher Megerdchian de l
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2011 Paul award for screenwriting finalists and judges announced - Armenian Reporter
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In addition to the $10000 Lillian and Varnum Paul Screenwriting Award, ADAA administers the $10000 William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting, the deadline for which is February 15, 2012. For more information about ADAA, its activities and how to contribute
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Parents ponder their children's perils - Armenian Reporter
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For these people who, Pulitzer Prize winner William Saroyan has declared, no power on earth can destroy, a child is the consummation of the ultimate domestic aim, the hope for the perpetuation of the family or clan, the torch-bearer who will ensure
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Retired Fresno County librarian John Kallenberg dies - Fresno Bee
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He was actively involved in the community, including in his church, statewide library organizations and as the head of the William Saroyan Society. Mr. Kallenberg was the Fresno County Librarian from 1976 until 2003. John Kallenberg was actively
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San Pedro man donates grandfather's paintings to presidential libraries - Daily Breeze
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But in his later years, living in San Pedro with his wife and daughter (who married a cousin of American playwright William Saroyan), it was his artwork that consumed his time and passion. Classified as an abstract expressionist, Meuser also painted
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Sublinieri : Soulpepper and William Saroyan - Observatorul
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Uitasem complet de Saroyan, William Saroyan, mai exact, unul dintre scriitorii americani care mi-au fascinat vremea întrebărilor si a răspunsurilor rămase în aer, armean american, de stânga evident - scrie în « epoca măretiei » stângismului (european
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Kix Brooks Takes 'Drastic' Measures for New Movie Role - The Boot
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"I was actually in a William Saroyan Pulitzer Prize winning play called 'The Time of Your Life,' which was pretty cool," he continues. "And another one, that Alan Alda played the lead in the film, that was called '6 Rms Riv Vu,' [about] a couple of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Saroyan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 72
    Died on May 18, 1981.
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  • 1979
    Age 70
    In 1979, William Saroyan was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 49
    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.
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  • 1952
    Age 43
    In 1952, Saroyan published The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills, the first of several volumes of memoirs.
    More Details Hide Details Saroyan's stories celebrated optimism in the midst of the trials and tribulations of the Depression. Several of Saroyan's works were drawn from his own experiences, although his approach to autobiographical fact contained a fair bit of poetic license. His advice to a young writer was: "Try to learn to breathe deeply; really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell." Saroyan endeavored to create a prose style full of zest for life and seemingly impressionistic, that came to be called "Saroyanesque". Saroyan's plays were drawn from deeply personal sources, and often disregarded the convention that conflict is essential to drama. My Heart's in the Highlands (1939), his first play, was a comedy about a young boy and his Armenian family. It was produced at the Guild Theatre in New York.
  • 1949
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Carol subsequently married actor Walter Matthau. Saroyan died in Fresno, of prostate cancer at age 72. Half of his ashes were buried in California and the remainder in Armenia at the Komitas Pantheon near fellow artists such as composer Aram Khachaturian, painter Martiros Sarian, and film director Sergei Parajanov. Specific General
  • THIRTIES
  • 1943
    Age 34
    In 1943, Saroyan married actress Carol Marcus (1924–2003; also known as Carol Grace), with whom he had two children, Aram, who became an author and published a book about his father, and Lucy, who became an actress.
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    He won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Story for the film.
    More Details Hide Details The novel is often credited as the source for the movie when in fact the reverse is true. The novel is the basis for a 1983 musical of the same name. Interest in Saroyan's novels declined after the war, when he was criticized for sentimentality. Freedom, brotherly love, and universal benevolence were for him basic values, but his idealism was considered out of step with the times. He still wrote prolifically, so that one of his readers could ask "How could you write so much good stuff and still write such bad stuff?" In the novellas The Assyrian and other stories (1950) and in The Laughing Matter (1953) Saroyan mixed allegorical elements within a realistic novel. The plays Sam Ego's House (1949) and The Slaughter of the Innocents (1958) were not as successful as his prewar plays. Many of Saroyan's later plays, such as The Paris Comedy (1960), The London Comedy (1960), and Settled Out of Court (1969), premiered in Europe. Manuscripts of a number of unperformed plays are now at Stanford University with his other papers.
  • 1942
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He narrowly avoided a court martial when his novel, The Adventures of Wesley Jackson, was seen as advocating pacifism.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1932
    Age 23
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Born
    William Saroyan was born on August 31, 1908 in Fresno, California, to Armenak and Takoohi Saroyan, Armenian immigrants from Bitlis, Ottoman Empire.
    More Details Hide Details His father came to New York in 1905 and started preaching in Armenian Apostolic churches. At the age of three, after his father's death, Saroyan, along with his brother and sister, was placed in an orphanage in Oakland, California. He later went on to describe his experience in the orphanage in his writings. Five years later, the family reunited in Fresno, where his mother, Takoohi, had already secured work at a cannery. He continued his education on his own, supporting himself with jobs, such as working as an office manager for the San Francisco Telegraph Company. Saroyan decided to become a writer after his mother showed him some of his father's writings. A few of his early short articles were published in Overland Monthly. His first stories appeared in the 1930s. Among these was "The Broken Wheel", written under the name Sirak Goryan and published in the Armenian journal Hairenik in 1933. Many of Saroyan's stories were based on his childhood experiences among the Armenian-American fruit growers of the San Joaquin Valley or dealt with the rootlessness of the immigrant. The short story collection My Name is Aram (1940), an international bestseller, was about a young boy and the colorful characters of his immigrant family. It has been translated into many languages.
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