William Saroyan was an internationally renowned Armenian-American writer, playwright and humanitarian. His fame, and his most enduring achievements as a writer, date from the 1930's. He dazzled, entertained and uplifted millions, with hundreds of short stories, plays, novels, memoirs and essays; they continue to charm and touch us today. Saroyan's talent was first projected to the world through an Armenian-English newspaper, Hairenik of Boston. In 1934, at the age of 26, with the publication of his first book THE DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE, William Saroyan became an overnight literary sensation. His first successful Broadway play was MY HEART’S IN THE HIGHLANDS, in 1939, and in the same year, Saroyan was the first American writer to win both The Drama Critic's Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, for his play, THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Saroyan is unique among writers. He acknowledged the Armenian culture as an important source of literary inspiration, especially MY NAME IS ARAM in 1940. THE HUMAN COMEDY, published in 1943, was dedicated to his mother and made into an MGM movie which won him an Academy Award Oscar, for Best Writing Original Screen Story. William Saroyan achieved great popularity through the thirties, forties and fifties. His works have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions. Saroyan writes humanely and powerfully, with restless enthusiasm. His major themes are aspiration, hope and honesty; materialism and success mean nothing. His works show the basic goodness of all people, especially the obscure and naive and the value of life.