William Saroyan (1908-1981)

Tomb in Yerevan.
Death: 18th May 1981
Location: Cremated.  Half of ashes buried in Ararat Armenian Cemetery, Fresno, California, United States and half in Komitas Pantheon, Yerevan, Armenia
Cause of death: Prostate Cancer
Photo taken by: Kevorkmail
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Armenian-American dramatist and author. The setting of many of his stories and plays is the centre of Armenian-American life in California in his native Fresno. Many of Saroyan's stories were based on his childhood experiences among the Armenian-American fruit growers of the San Joaquin Valley, or dealt with the rootlessness of the immigrant. 
The short story collection My Name is Aram (1940), an international bestseller, was about a young boy and the colorful characters of his immigrant family. It has been translated into many languages.  Saroyan is probably best remembered for his play The Time of Your Life (1939), set in a waterfront saloon in San Francisco. It won a Pulitzer Prize, which Saroyan refused on the grounds that commerce should not judge the arts; he did however accept the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. The play was adapted into a 1948 film starring James Cagney.