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William Saroyan

August 31, 1908 - May 18, 1981

 
 
William Saroyan Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
1. William Saroyan Monument
Inscription.
Born in Fresno, California at 621 Broadway
Son of Armenian immigrants

Writer - Playwright

First American playwright to win both the
Pulitzer Prize and
Drama Critics' Circle Award
in the same year:
"The Time of Your Life", 1940

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Oscar for Writing: (Best Original Story),
"The Human Comedy", 1943

..."I came to see from the perspective of far away cities, some of the charm and some of the depth, dimension, and potential of Fresno..."
William Saroyan

Dedicated May 1, 1988

 
Erected 1988 by The William Saroyan Festival Committee and Supporting Businesses and Friends.
 
Location. 36° 44.104′ N, 119° 47.341′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Tulare Street, on the right when traveling west on Van Ness Avenue. Click for map. Memorial is near the south corner of the county courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Fresno CA 93721, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions (within shouting distance
William Saroyan Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
2. William Saroyan Monument
Looking north
of this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fresno County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Lao Hmong American War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Fresno (about 500 feet away); David of Sassoon (about 600 feet away); Green Bush Spring (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Fresno.
 
Regarding William Saroyan. William Saroyan (1908-1981) was a Fresno-born award-winning author and playwright. The monument features a bronze relief of Saroyan's face adorning the top half of a 30-inch-wide slab of the darkest granite on earth, which was imported from India and is the same material used in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The monument faces one of the street corners where Saroyan is said to have sold newspapers as a boy. [From Historical Fresno County Courthouse Park Walking Tour]
 
Also see . . .
1. William Saroyan
William Saroyan Monument Sponsors image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
3. William Saroyan Monument Sponsors
. (Submitted on March 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The William Saroyan Society. (Submitted on March 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Historical Fresno County Courthouse Park Walking Tour Brochure. (Submitted on March 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
William Saroyan Festival Committee image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
4. William Saroyan Festival Committee
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 726 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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