William Saroyan


William Saroyan

Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Death 18 May 1981 (aged 72)
Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Plot * Half of cremated remains
Memorial ID 2234 View Source
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Author, Playwright. 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.


In the time of your life, live - so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Saroyan (31 Aug 1908–18 May 1981), Find a Grave Memorial ID 2234, citing Ararat Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .