In his later years, as Saroyan must have sensed, the boisterous and voluble literary personage he had always cultivated wore thin, marking him in the eyes of many as a has-been struggling to maintain a daring-young-man effervescence long past its shelf life.
William Saroyan drew for influence for his writing from his personal experiences. His advice to one young writer summarized his philosophy on life: Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell.
Armenak had been a preacher and a poet in Armenia, but he was forced to take farm-labor work in America. He died in from peritonitis, and Saroyan and his brothers were placed temporarily in an orphanage in Alameda.
Six years later, the family reunited in Fresno, where Takoohi had found work in a cannery. InSaroyan attended the Technical School in order to learn to become a professional typist. But when at age 15 his mother shared with him some of his father's writings, he decided to become a writer.
He worked hard at developing a style of his own that reflected his zest for living and his impressionistic outlook on life, a style that would eventually be called Saroyanesque. After leaving school, Saroyan continued his education by reading and writing on his own while supporting himself at odd jobs.
He worked as an office manager at the San Francisco Telegraph Company while several of his early short articles were published in The Overland Monthly. His first collected stories appeared in the s. He is discontented with everything and everybody.
The writer is everybody's best friend and only true enemy - the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops.
In it, the protagonist is a young, starving writer who tries to survive in a Depression-ridden society: Amusing it was, astoundingly funny. A trapeze to God, or to nothing, a flying trapeze to some sort of eternity; he prayed objectively for strength to make the flight with grace.
He also developed a theory that "you may tend to get cancer from the thing that makes you want to smoke so much, not from the smoking itself.
The short story collection, My Name Is Arama bestseller, was about a young boy, Aram Garoghlanian, and the colorful characters of his immigrant family. As a playwright, Saroyan drew upon the unconventional idea that conflict is not necessarily essential to drama.
His first play, My Heart in the Highlandswas a comedy about a young boy and his Armenian family.A heartwarming look at family and friendship, "The Human Comedy" is the poignant story of high school student Homer and the lives he touches while delivering telegrams throughout his small California town during the troubling years of World War II.4/5(22).
From William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy (), this is just one of about a half-dozen passages in this book that have made an impression on me. For obvious .
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