New York, World Publishing Company, 1944, 220pp. original linen binding, dustwrapper in good state, spine of wrapper discoloured/faded, illustrated by Don Freeman. William Saroyan (August 31, 1908 – May 18, 1981) was an Armenian-American novelist, playwright and short story writer. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film The Human Comedy. When the studio rejected his original 240-page treatment, he turned it into a novel, The Human Comedy. Saroyan wrote extensively about the Armenian immigrant life in California. Many of his stories and plays are set in his native Fresno. Some of his best-known works are The Time of Your Life, My Name Is Aram and My Heart's in the Highlands.