Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
August 31, 1908 - May 18, 1981
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..."
Dedicated May 1, 1988
Erected 1988 by The William Saroyan Festival Committee and Supporting Businesses and Friends.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. A significant historical date for this entry is May 18, 1981.
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 Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fresno CA 93721, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 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); Via Liberation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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. (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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,180 times since then and 49 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week May 16, 2021. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on May 1, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.