Fun Facts Friday: William Saroyan
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 31, 2012

William Saroyan was born this day, 31 August 1908 (d: 18 May 1981); he was a prolific writer of immigrant parents who based many of his stories on his childhood experiences during the Great Depression as well as the rootlessness of immigrants. Mr. Saroyan is known for his short stories and insightful texts. He won a Pulitzer Prize for for his play The Time of Your Life (1939). Books by William Saroyan 1 ) Saroyan’s was left fatherless at the tender age of 3. He was raised in an orphanage along with his brother and sister. 2 ) After his mother reunited the family, Saroyan helped out by selling newspapers at age eight. 3 ) After he saw his father’s writing, Saroyan decided to become a writer. 4 ) The first stories Saroyan wrote appeared in Overland Monthly, some under the name Sirak Goryan . 5 ) My Name is Aram, a short story collection, was published in 1940 and became an international best seller. 6 ) Saroyan’s breakthrough story The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934) takes its name from a 19th Century song. 7 ) During World War II Saroyan served in the US Army and…

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