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The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze: And Other Stories (New Directions Classics)by William Saroyan
First published in 1934 when Saroyan was 26 years old, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze and Other Stories was an immediate critical and commercial success. Written during the Great Depression, the stories offer a unique combination of charm, spontaneity, pathos, and above all, humor.
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A timeless selection of brilliant short stories that won William Saroyan a position among the foremost, most widely popular writers of America when it first appeared in 1934.With the greatest of ease William Saroyan flew across the literary skies in 1934 with the publication of The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze and Other Stories. One of the first American writers to describe the immigrant experience in the U.S., Saroyan created characters who were Armenians, Jews, Chinese, Poles, Africans, and the Irish. The title story touchingly portrays the thoughts of a very young writer, dying of starvation. All of the tales were written during the great depression and reflect, through pathos and humor, the mood of the nation in one of its greatest times of want.
Book News Annotation:
**** Reprint of the 1934 original (which is cited in BCL3).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Pulitzer Prize-winning William Saroyan always wrote about humanity on a human scale. He was one of the first American writers in this century to focus attention on immigrant communities. The protagonists in THE DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE are Armenian, Jewish, Chinese, Polish, African, or Irish. The collection was first published in 1934.
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