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William Saroyan

1908 - 1981

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William Saroyan (; August 31, 1908 – May 18, 1981) was an Armenian-American novelist, playwright, and short story writer. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film The Human Comedy. When the studio rejected his original 240-page treatment, he turned it into a novel, The Human Comedy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Saroyan has received more than 1,004,101 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). William Saroyan is the 656th most popular writer (up from 665th in 2019), the 716th most popular biography from United States (down from 710th in 2019) and the 72nd most popular American Writer.

William Saroyan is most famous for his book, The Human Comedy, which is a collection of short stories about the lives of people in the town of Fresno, California.

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Among writers, William Saroyan ranks 656 out of 5,755Before him are Witold Gombrowicz, Theodore the Studite, Bert Hellinger, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Columella, and Frontinus. After him are Oliver Sacks, Georges Perec, Dimitrie Cantemir, Maya Angelou, Ismail Gaspirali, and Alfred de Vigny.

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Among people born in 1908, William Saroyan ranks 32Before him are Nelson Rockefeller, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Joseph McCarthy, Franz Stangl, Carole Lombard, and Manoel de Oliveira. After him are Dmitry Ustinov, Werner von Haeften, Hannes Alfvén, Willard Libby, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Balthus. Among people deceased in 1981, William Saroyan ranks 21Before him are René Clair, Béla Guttmann, Marcel Breuer, Odd Hassel, Joe Louis, and Harold Urey. After him are Omar Bradley, A. J. Cronin, Samuel Barber, Georges Brassens, Joseph Murphy, and Karl Böhm.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Saroyan ranks 716 out of 18,182Before him are Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), Stanley Cohen (1922), Harold Urey (1893), James Rainwater (1917), Wes Craven (1939), and John Goodman (1952). After him are Billy Graham (1918), Maya Angelou (1928), Asaph Hall (1829), Les Paul (1915), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977), and Omar Bradley (1893).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, William Saroyan ranks 72Before him are Michael Crichton (1942), Anne Rice (1941), Robert Ludlum (1927), John Irving (1942), Thomas Harris (1940), and Robert E. Howard (1906). After him are Maya Angelou (1928), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Patricia Highsmith (1921), Nellie Bly (1864), H. L. Mencken (1880), and Ursula K. Le Guin (1929).