WILLIAM SAROYAN: A Study of the Short Fiction
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WILLIAM SAROYAN: A Study of the Short Fiction

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 by Edward Halsey Foster

This distinctive study, the first to concentrate on the short fiction, demonstrates how Saroyan risked his critical reputation by adopting a resolutely expressionist stance during a time when it was unpopular with critics and academics. Foster examines Saroyan's Armenian background and identifies him as one of the first American writers to work purposefully in an ethnic tradition. This comprehensive work contains Saroyan's own comments on his life and writing as well as important essays by a number of distinguished critic - Philip Rahv, Harry Keyishian, and Nona Bal;akian among others.

(Twayne's Studies in Short Fiction, 1991)