Books from 1940-1949

Title:

My Name is Aram

Date:

December 26, 1940

Art Credits:

Illustrations by Don Freeman

Notes:

UK edition published by Faber & Faber in 1941

Includes

  • The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
  • The Journey to Hanford
  • The Pomegranate Trees
  • One of Our Future Poets, You Might Say
  • The Fifty-Yard Dash
  • A Nice Old-Fashioned Romanace, with Love Lyrics and Everything
  • My Cousin Dikran, the Orator
  • The Presbyterian Choir Singers
  • The Circus
  • The Three Swimmers and the Grocer from Yale
  • Locomotive 38, the Ojibway
  • Old Country Advice to the American Traveler
  • The Poor and Burning Arab
  • A Word to Scoffers

Issued as an Armed Services Edition in June 1944.


By Year

Title:

Saroyan's Fables

Date:

November 13, 1941

Art Credits:

Illustrations by Warren Chappell

Notes:

Dedicataed to his uncle Aram. 

Issued in an edition of 1000 numbered copies, each signed by the author. 


By Year

Title:

Hilltop Russians in San Francisco

Date:

December 1941

Art Credits:

Water colors by Pauline VInson

 

Notes:

Included in the exhibition of Western Book held by the Rounce and Coffin Club.


By Year

Title:

The Saroyan Special

Date:

November 29, 1948

Art Credits:

Illustrations by Don Freeman

Notes:

Includes

  • Myself upn the Earth
  • Seventy Thousand Assyrians
  • Aspirin
  • A Curved Line
  • 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
  • Laughter
  • The Shepard's Daughter
  • The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • Five Ripe Pears
  • The Oranges
  • Two Days Wasted in Kansas City
  • Going Home
  • The Horses and the Sea
  • World Wilderness of Time Lost
  • Freson
  • The Broken Wheel
  • The War
  • The Death of Children
  • The Barber Whose Uncle Had His Head Bitten Off by a Circus Tiger
  • Antranik of Armenia
  • Little Miss Universe
  • Our Little Brown Brothers the Filipinos
  • The Dark Sea
  • Malenka Manon
  • The Proletarian at the Trap Door
  • The Black Tartars
  • The Little Dog Laughed to See Such Sport
  • Train Going
  • The Whistle
  • Finlandia
  • The Armenian and the Armenian
  • The Man with the Heart in the Highlands
  • Bitlis
  • Baby
  • The Beggars
  • Quarter, Half, Three-Quarter, and Whole Notes
  • The Living and the Dead
  • Laughing Sam
  • The Sunday Zeppelin
  • Corduroy Pants
  • The First Day of School
  • The Man Who Got Fat
  • The Messenger
  • My Uncle and The Mexicans
  • Countrymen, How Do You Like America?
  • Where I Come from People are Polite
  • The Trains
  • One of the Least Famous of the Great Love Affairs of History
  • The La Salle Hotel in Chicago
  • Ah Life, Ah Death, Ah Music, Ah France, Ah Everything
  • The Genius
  • The Fire 
  • The Filipino and the Drunkard
  • The Pemberton and His Boy Trigger
  • The Insurance Salesman, The Peasant, the Rug Merchant, and the Potted Plant
  • The Year of Heaven
  • 1924 Cadillac for Sale
  • The Love Kick
  • The Warm, Quiet Valley of Home
  • A Number of the Poor
  • Peace, It's Wonderful
  • Piano
  • The Sweet Singer of Omsk
  • The Russian Writer
  • The Journey and The Dream
  • The Tiger
  • Sweetheart, Sweetheart, Sweetheart
  • The Brothers and The Sisters
  • The Ants
  • The Great Leapfrog Contest
  • The Acrobats
  • Citizens of the Third Grade
  • A Prayer for the Living
  • Memories of Paris
  • The Job
  • The Vision
  • We Want a Touchdown
  • Saroyan's Fables, IX
  • Saroyan's Fables,XXIV
  • Dear Baby
  • The Hummingbird that Lived through Winter
  • The Stolen Bicycle
  • The Story of the Young Man and The Mouse
  • The Struggle of Jim Patros with Death
  • Sailing Down the Chesapeake
  • I Know You Good
  • How It is To Be
  • The Declaration of War
  • Highway America
  • My Home, My Home
  • The Grapes
  • My Witness Witnesseth

Translated into German


By Year

Title:

The Human Comedy

Date:

February 25, 1943

Art Credits:

Illustrations by Don Freeman

Notes:

Based on Saroyan's original screenplay written for MGM.

Spent 15 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list, peaking at #2.

Won the Oscar for Best Story for The Human Comedy in 1944.

Was the March 1943 Book-of-the-Month Club selection.

Issued as an Armed Services Edition in September 1943.

Adapted as Ithica by Meg Ryan in 2015.

In 1943, Nick Hoffer created La Comédie Humaine, a comic strip based on The Human Comed for  Le Petit Journal,

The Human Comedy was also adapted for an episode of The DuPont Show of the Month in March 1959. 

A musical adaptation premiered at Jospeh Papp's Public Theatre in 1983, eventually moving to Broadway in 1984. 

UK edition published by Faber & Faber in 1943


By Year

Title:

Dear Baby

Date:

November 9, 1944

Art Credits:

Front cover by G.K. Lander

Notes:

UK edition published by Faber & Faber in 1945

Includes 

  • Dear Baby
  • The Hummingbird that Lived Through the WInter
  • The Stolen Bicycle
  • Knife-like, Flower-like, Like Nothing at All in the World
  • The Dream
  • A Time of Genius
  • The Story of The Young Man and The Mouse
  • The Stroggle of Jim Patros with Death
  • Sailing Down the Chesapeake
  • I Know You Good
  • My Witness Witnesseth
  • The Flashlight
  • How it is to be
  • Mr. Fleming and the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Passengers to Europe
  • The Declaration of War
  • Highway America
  • My Home, My Home
  • The Grapes
  • The Faraway Night

Released as an Armed Services Edition in March 1945


By Year

Title:

The Adventures of Wesley Jackson

Date:

June 3, 1946

Art Credits:

Illustrations by Wallace Morgan

Notes:

UK edition published by Faber & Faber in 1947

Original edition - 35,000 copies

Debuted at #12 on the New York Times Best-Sellers List on July 7, 1946. 

Translated into French and Polish


By Year

Title:

Date:

April 16, 1942

Art Credits:

Cover and Frontipiece by Arthur Szyk

Notes:

Includes

Elmer and Lily
The Great American Goof
The Poetic Situation in America
Opera, Opera
Bad Men in the West
The Agony of Little Nations
A Special Announcement
Radio Play
The People with Light Coming Out of Them
There's Something I Got to Tell You
The Ping-Pong Players
The Hungerers
 Hello Out There
Coming Through the Rye
Talking to You
Subway Circus


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