William Saroyan (1908 - May 18, 1981) was an American author who wrote many plays and short stories about growing up impoverished as the son of Armenian immigrants. These stories were popular during the Great Depression.
The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze (1934)
The Human Comedy (1943)
The Time Of Your Life (1939) - winner of the New York Drama Critics' Award and the Pulitzer Prize