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William Saroyan

William Saroyan (; August 31, 1908 – May 18, 1981) was an Armenian-American novelist, playwright, and short story writer. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel The Human Comedy.

Saroyan wrote extensively about the Armenian immigrant life in California. Many of his stories and plays are set in his native Fresno. Some of his best-known works are The Time of Your Life, My Name Is Aram and My Heart's in the Highlands.

He has been described in a Dickinson College news release as "one of the most prominent literary figures of the mid-20th century" and by Stephen Fry as "one of the most underrated writers of the [20th] century." Fry suggests that "he takes his place naturally alongside Hemingway, Steinbeck and Faulkner."

Birth and Death Data: Born August 31st, 1908 (Fresno), Died May 18th, 1981 (Fresno)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: author


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 6335 7/2/1951 Come on-a my house Ross Bagdassarian author  
Decca L 6336 7/2/1951 Oh beauty Ross Bagdassarian author  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Saroyan, William," accessed August 4, 2021,

Saroyan, William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2021, from

"Saroyan, William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 August 2021.

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