Fiction. William Saroyan's gift to literature was his humanity. In his five decades of writing short stories, novels, and plays, he saw exuberance where others found sorrow, and he lived a life that was richer and stranger than his fiction. From his humble roots as a bike messenger in Fresno, California, Saroyan went on to enchant the world with his intelligence, insight, and integrity. In drama, short stories, novels, and autobiography, Saroyan explored the universal themes of human existence through a lens that was at once American, Armenian, and global in its outlook. ESSENTIAL SAROYAN brings together acclaimed stories as well as a few surprises from one of California's finest gifts to world literature.
His name was on the lips of two generations, and people around the world clamored for his work. An Armenian who grew up in Fersno, California, he traveled the globe, living in Paris, London, New York, and Los Angeles. He rubbed elbows with Steinbeck, traded insults with Hemingway, encouraged a young Toshio Mori, and stole a girl from Orson Welles. He was the only writer to turn down the Pulitzer Prize. Through his plays, short stories, and novels, he exalted the mysteries of youth, pondered the impossibility of love, and spoke to this strange condition of being alive. Above all, he declared that the duty of a writer is to have one hell of a good time.
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Title: Essential Saroyan
Author: William Saroyan
Publisher: Heyday Books
Date Published: April 2005
Table of Contents:
|The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze||1|
|Seventy Thousand Assyrians||7|
|Five Ripe Pears||17|
|The Great Unwritten American Novel||22|
|Antranik of Armenia||31|
|The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse||41|
|from The Human Comedy||118|
|from The Adventures of Wesley Jackson||135|
|The Theological Student||154|
|Love, Here Is My Hat||165|
|from The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills||169|
|A Writer's Declaration||178|
|About the Editor||191|
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