Biography, literary writing and auto therapeutic writing - The author William Saroyan as a case study 

By: Dr. Alon Raz - University of Haifa, Israel - The Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies and the faculty of human counseling and development - the bibliotherapy department; Emek Izrael College, Israel - The department of Behavioral Science; Clinical psychologist; storyteller.

In this paper I would like to explore the complex relations between biography, literary writing and auto therapeutic writing in the case of the author Wiliam Saroyan. It appears that Saroyan's writing was a therapeutic process for him as he himself described it: "I'm writing," said Saroyan "because I hate to believe I'm sick or half dead; because I want to get better; because writing is my therapy (Saroyan,1949, P.2 ). Despite his literary effort Saroyan suffered all through his life from recurrent major depressive episodes. Thus, three important questions arise: How is the auto therapeutic effort being manifested in Saroyan's writing and which elements of this effort promoted or blocked successful results and for what reason?

In this paper I view some of the major characteristics of Saroyna's writing in the context of the above three questions.

 Keywords: Wiliam Saroyan; auto-therapeutic writing; bibliotherapy.

Corresponding author: Dr. Alon Raz - University of Haifa, Israel - The Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies and the faculty of human counseling and development - the bibliotherapy department; Emek Izrael College, Israel - The department of Behavioral Science; Clinical psychologist; storyteller. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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