About the Author
William Saroyan (1908-1981), famous for a long and voluminous career, burst upon the literary scene in 1934 with his celebrated short-story collection of The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
. He went on to write novels, along with some sixteen story collections, and plays including The Human Comedy
and The Time of Your Life
, for which he won the Drama Critics Circle and Pulitzer Prizes. He lived and wrote about "the archetypal Armenian families who inhabit "Saroyan Country", in and around Fresno, California. [And yet with their] unpredictable charm and wacky spontaneity...his characters overflow with so much human comedy that they transcend all ethnic boundaries, as in the stories of I.B. Singer" (Chicago Tribune).