The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (short story collection)

First edition

Author William Saroyan
Country United States
Language English
Genre Short story
Publisher Random House

Publication date

Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 274
Followed by Inhale and Exhale (1936)

The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze and Other Stories is the first collection of 26 short stories by William Saroyan published in 1934 (Random House). The author was recognized as a “the most widely discussed discovery of 1934” and the book became an immediate bestseller.[1]

The title story[edit]

The title was inspired by the refrain of a popular folk song The Flying Trapeze:

He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease,
That daring young man on the flying trapeze.

The story first appeared in the February issue of the Story magazine.[2] It won the third prize of the O. Henry Award for the best short story of the year.[3]


  • The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • Seventy Thousand Assyrians
  • Among the Lost
  • Myself upon the Earth
  • Love, Death, Sacrifice and So Forth
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • And Man
  • A Curved Line
  • Snake
  • Big Valley Vineyard
  • Aspirin Is a Member of the N.R.A.
  • Seventeen
  • A Cold Day
  • The Earth, Day, Night, Self
  • Harry
  • Laughter
  • The Big Tree Coming
  • Dear Greta Garbo
  • The Man with the French Post Cards
  • Three Stories
  • Love
  • War
  • Sleep in Unheavenly peace
  • Fight Your Own War
  • Common Prayer
  • The Shepherd’s Daughter


  1. ^ Hatcher, Harlan. William Saroyan. The English Journal, Vol. XXVIII, March 1939, No. 3, p. 169.
  2. ^ Story, Vol. IV, No. 19 (New York: February, 1934), pp. 41-46.
  3. ^ The O. Henry Prize Stories.

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