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Title:
The human comedy
Author:
Saroyan, William, 1908-1981.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1989]

©1943
Physical Description:
xi, 242 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
760 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.1 12 Quiz: 05482 Guided reading level: NR.
Genre:
ISBN:
9780151423019
Format :
Book

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A novel of an American family in wartime.


Author Notes

An Armenian American with little formal education, Saroyan was a dramatist who disparaged the usual conventions of the form: "Plot, atmosphere, style, and all the rest of it," he wrote, "may be regarded as so much nonsense" (Three Times Three). His plays have been criticized as formless and his writing as undisciplined; yet his work is imbued with fondness for the human race and contains an infectious enthusiasm for society's misfits and innocents. Saroyan's dramatic career was launched with My Heart's in the Highlands (1939), a fantasy. The following year, The Time of Your Life (1939) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize---which Saroyan publicly refused on the grounds that commerce had no right to patronize art. This play, undoubtedly Saroyan's one enduring piece, takes place in a waterfront saloon where vivid characters wander in and out to come into contact with the philosophical Joe, a man of unending generosity. (Bowker Author Biography)


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