The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, and Other Stories

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New Directions Publishing, 1934 - Fiction - 270 pages
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William Saroyan's debut collection of stories made a tremendous splash in the literary world, adding an author in love with his own madcap sincerity to a pantheon full of serious-minded modernists. Saroyan, who won (and then refused) the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Time of Your Life, always wrote about humanity, and always on a human scale. He was also one of the first American writers of this century to focus so much attention on immigrant communities. The protagonists sailing about The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze are often Armenian, Jewish, Chinese, Polish, African, or Irish; and all are treated with what The San Francisco Chronicle called "the old Saroyan luminousness, which is to say with an insight as fresh as that of an unusually perceptive child."
 

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this book is hella good.
short stories in a stream of consciousness type style by someone who seems like a decent dude.
highly recommended.

Contents

Preface to the First Edition
9
Seventy Thousand Assyrians
27
Among the Lost
43
Love Death Sacrifice and So Forth
67
A Curved Line
105
Big Valley Vineyard
121
A Cold Day
153
Harry
179
The Big Tree Coming
201
Three Stories
217
War
235
Fight Your Own War
251
Common Prayer
265
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About the author (1934)

William Saroyan (1908–1981) was born in Fresno, California. Famous for a long and voluminous career, he wrote novels, along with some sixteen story collections, and plays including The Human Comedy (winning an Academy Award for his screenplay), and The Time of Your Life, for which he won the Drama Critics Circle and Pulitzer Prizes. He wrote about "the archetypal Armenian families who inhabit Saroyan country, in and around Fresno, California. [And yet with their] unpredictable charm and wacky spontaneity … his characters overflow with so much human comedy that they transcend all ethnic boundaries, as in the stories of I.B. Singer" (The Chicago Tribune).

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