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Creative Arts Book Company, Jan 1, 1979 - Biography & Autobiography - 354 pages
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Saroyan is at his devilish best in this playful but often sardonic review of famous personalities from Busby Berkeley to Agatha Christie to Howard Hughes.

Nominated for the American Book Award. Named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times.

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About the author (1979)

An Armenian American with little formal education, Saroyan was a dramatist who disparaged the usual conventions of the form: "Plot, atmosphere, style, and all the rest of it," he wrote, "may be regarded as so much nonsense" (Three Times Three). His plays have been criticized as formless and his writing as undisciplined; yet his work is imbued with fondness for the human race and contains an infectious enthusiasm for society's misfits and innocents. Saroyan's dramatic career was launched with My Heart's in the Highlands (1939), a fantasy. The following year, The Time of Your Life (1939) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize---which Saroyan publicly refused on the grounds that commerce had no right to patronize art. This play, undoubtedly Saroyan's one enduring piece, takes place in a waterfront saloon where vivid characters wander in and out to come into contact with the philosophical Joe, a man of unending generosity.

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