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William Saroyan
Birth: Aug. 31, 1908
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA
Death: May 18, 1981
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA

Armenian-American writer, playwright and humanitarian. William Saroyan was the 4th child of Armenian immigrants, his father a preacher and a poet. A high school drop out at 15, he educated himself at the Fresno Public Library. At the age of eighteen he left home and after a difficult start in New York City, he became one of America's most prolific writers. Starting in 1934 and for the next 15 years, his work was everywhere-short stories and novels, on Broadway,  on records, including the hit song by Rosemary Clooney, "Come On-a My House". His play, "The Time of Your Life", won him the Pulitzer Prize. During his lifetime he had 60 books published. On May 22, 1991, William Saroyan was the first and only individual to be jointly honored by a Commemorative Postal Stamp issued by both the U.S. and the USSR.
Saroyan died only about a mile from where he was born. He was cremated and his ashes were split with half enshrined in the Pantheon of Greats in Yerevan, Armenia while the other half were interred under a black imported granite headstone from India in Ararat Cemetery the burial place of Armenian immigrants who were featured in his short stories, novels and songs. The cemetery was a favorite play area while growing up in Fresno. (bio by: Paul S.) 

Cause of death: Prostate Cancer
 
Burial:
Ararat Cemetery
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA
Plot: * Half of cremated remains
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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R.I.P. Mr. Saroyan
- Tracy Parker
 Added: Jul. 17, 2014

- Cindy
 Added: May. 18, 2014
Rest in Heavenly peace.
- William Neill
 Added: Jan. 10, 2014
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