Biographical Information:

Dates: 1943-Dates in Ridgefield: late 1980s
fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetrypoet, biographer, educator, Little League coach
When he lived in Ridgefield in the late 1980s, Aram Saroyan was better known among Ridgefielders as a Little League coach than for what he really was: novelist, poet, and biographer whose father was Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan and whose mother was memoirist Carol Marcus (Mrs. Walter Matthau). Aram (pronounced “Arm”) Saroyan has written a dozen books, among them the narrative biography, Trio, which deals with the friendship of his mother, Oona O’Neill Chaplin and Gloria Vanderbilt. He wrote about his father in Last Rites. He is also a widely-published poet and novelist (The Romantic). In his youth he was what one writer described as a “fastidious pothead.” He and his artist wife, Gailyn, drifted and hung out with the likes of Ted Berrigan, Allan Ginsberg, and an aging Jack Kerouac. His early life is described in a memoir, Friends in the World: The Education of a Writer. He now teachers writing at the University of Southern California Masters of Professional Writing Program.
Titles (partial):Last Rites: The Death of William Saroyan, 1984Trio: Oona Chaplin, Carol Matthau, Gloria Vanderbilt: Portrait of an Intimate Friendship, 1985The Romantic, 1988Friends in the World: The Education of a Writer, 1992Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness, and Murder, 1993

--Sources: Notable Ridgefielders–Jack Sanders; www.aramsaroyan.com; Wikipedia

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