William Saroyan


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Noun1.William Saroyan - United States writer of plays and short stories (1908-1981)
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I played the part of Harry in "The Time of Your Life" by William Saroyan. It's the kind of role where you dig deep into your own humanity.
As the author's letter to American novelist William Saroyan, included at the end of the book, notes: 'When you are writing about the world of the dead and the damned where none of the rules and laws (not even the law of gravity) hold good, there is any amount of scope for backchat and funny cracks.' Also, it features bicycles a great deal, a personal obsession of mine.
'Twas even better: a faithful remake, directed (ably) by Meg Ryan, of The Human Comedy, William Saroyan's tale of a telegraph messenger boy who delivers tidings of death to the people of his small California burg during the Second World War.
"Our revenge will be to survive," says Anna -- and the epilogue makes it clear, Mikael in old-age makeup at some sort of banquet in America; "We're still here," he says simply in his speech to the gathering, followed by William Saroyan's famous quote about Armenians being indestructible -- "for when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia".
Canty's publisher cites Russell Banks and Richard Ford as his esteemed literary antecedents, but Canty's care with prose recalls Raymond Carver, and his empathy for the common man extends a bloodline that reaches back to the likes of John Steinbeck and William Saroyan. Like his New Yorker colleague John McPhee, Canty has a gift for turning the commonplace into the extraordinary by asking the right questions and allowing the truth to unfold.
Ithaca is described as 'a beautifully staged adaptation' of William Saroyan's novel "The Human Comedy."
Excerpted from After Thirty Years: The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, by William Saroyan (Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964)
A year later he was an Honorable Mention for the William Saroyan San Joaquin Valley writing contest.
Fresno, home of William Saroyan, has hired and trained poets galore: Philip Levine, Peter Everwine, Gary Soto, Roberta Spear, Larry Levis.
In 1939, the play "The Time of Your Life,'' by William Saroyan, opened in New York.
Directorial debut of Meg Ryan, based on William Saroyan's 'The Human Comedy" and exec produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone.