CRITICAL ESSAYS ON WILLIAM SAROYAN
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CRITICAL ESSAYS ON WILLIAM SAROYAN

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edited by Harry Keyishian

This volume, Critical Essays on William Saroyan, is the most comprehensive collection of essays ever published on one of the most important modern writers in the United States. It contains both a sizable gathering of early reviews and a broad selection of more recent scholarship as well. Among the authors of reprinted articles and reviews are Stark Young, Edmund Wilson, James H. Justus, Lorne Shirinian, and Thelma J. Shinn. In addition to a preface by Harry Keyishian and a substantial introduction by Alice K. Barter, there are also four original essays commissioned specifically for publication in this volume - new studies by Dickran Kouymjian on Whitman and Saroyan, Edward Halsey Foster on the influence of Gertrude Stein, Walter Cummins on the challenges facing Saroyan's characters, and Walter Shear on the Theme of death in Saroyan's works.  - James Nagel, General Editor of the Critical Essays on American Literature series