Right from the start, Saroyan cut a wide swath up and down Broadway. Recalling those early days of Saroyan, Publisher Bennett Cerf wrote: “One night I introduced him [Saroyan] to two sisters—very pretty and alert girls they were… Bill was staying at the Great Northern Hotel, where I had gotten him a room. After we all got home, Margaret [one of the girls] called me up, highly amused. She said, ‘Your friend William Saroyan just called me up and demanded that I come down and spend the night with him, and I said, ‘Mr. Saroyan, I’m not that kind of girls. I’m a respectable girl.’ Then he said, ‘What difference does that make. Don’t tell me you’re going to turn down an invitation to spend a night with William Saroyan!’ Margaret concluded, ‘I couldn’t get angry at him. He was so ridiculous. When I told him I wouldn’t dream of coming down, he said, ‘You wouldn’t? Then what is your sister doing!’ Typical Saroyan.”

Right from the start, Saroyan cut a wide swath up and down Broadway. Recalling those early days of Saroyan, Publisher Bennett Cerf wrote: “One night I introduced him [Saroyan] to two sisters—very pretty and alert girls they were… Bill was staying at the Great Northern Hotel, where I had gotten him a room. After we all got home, Margaret [one of the girls] called me up, highly amused. She said, ‘Your friend William Saroyan just called me up and demanded that I come down and spend the night with him, and I said, ‘Mr. Saroyan, I’m not that kind of girls. I’m a respectable girl.’ Then he said, ‘What difference does that make. Don’t tell me you’re going to turn down an invitation to spend a night with William Saroyan!’ Margaret concluded, ‘I couldn’t get angry at him. He was so ridiculous. When I told him I wouldn’t dream of coming down, he said, ‘You wouldn’t? Then what is your sister doing!’ Typical Saroyan.”

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