Saroyan: A Biography

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
Along with Ernest Hemingway, William Saroyan, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in drama for The Time of Your Life and an Academy Award for the screenplay of The Human Comedy, was the most well-known American writer of the 1930s and 1940s. Lawrence Lee and Barry Gifford heard Saroyan's story first-hand from Carol Matthau, the wife he rejected; the son and daughter he alternately smothered and pushed away; and colleagues like Artie Shaw, Celeste Holm, and Lillian Gish. Their revelations bring new depth to Saroyan's riveting story.
 

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Contents

PART ONE 19401950
3
PART TWO 19081939
169
PART THREE 19501981
241
Acknowledgments
314
Notes
321
Index
329
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Lawrence Lee, a Peabody Award-winning journalist, died in 1990. Barry Gifford's books include Wild at Heart (1990), The Sinaloa Story (1998), The Phantom Father: A Memoir (1997) and Bordertown (with David Perry, 1998). Lawrence Lee and Barry Gifford also coauthored Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac (1978).

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