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Michael ARLEN
( 1895 - 1956 )


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Michael Arlen (Armenian: Մայքլ Արլեն; born Rousse, Bulgaria, November 16, 1895, died June 23, 1956), original name Dikran Kouyoumdjian, was an Armenian essayist, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter, who had his greatest successes in the 1920s while living and writing in England. Although Arlen is most famous for his satirical romances set in English smart society, he also wrote gothic horror and psychological thrillers, for instance "The Gentleman from America", which was filmed in 1956 as a television episode for Alfred Hitchcock's TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Near the end of his life, Arlen mainly occupied himself with political writing. Arlen's vivid but colloquial style "with unusual inversions and inflections with a heightened exotic pitch", came to be known as Arlenesque.

Very much a 1920s society figure resembling the characters he portrayed in his novels, and a man who might be referred to as a dandy, Arlen invariably impressed everyone with his immaculate manners. He was always impeccably dressed and groomed and was seen driving around London in a fashionable yellow Rolls Royce and engaging in all kinds of luxurious activities. However, he was well aware of the latent racism, the contempt for foreigners mixed with envy, with which his success was viewed. Sydney Horler (1888–1954), another popular author of the time, is said to have called Arlen "the only Armenian who never tried to sell me a carpet"[citation needed], while Arlen half-jokingly described himself as "every other inch a gentleman".

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 The Green Hat
Titre : The Green Hat / auteur(s) : Michael ARLEN - A Romance for a few people
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Année : 1924
Imprimeur/Fabricant : Glasgow, W. Collins Sons and Co, Ltd
Description : 14 x 20 cm, 332 pages
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Notes : First published in 1924 and a massive best-seller, The Green Hat is ostensibly the story of a wild young widow with a shady past and a taste for fast cars and adultery, set mostly in London’s Mayfair just as the Twenties began to roar. At the centre of this whirlwind is Iris Storm—but driving her is the ghost of her first husband, the ferociously idealistic Boy Fenwick, who may have fallen, dead
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Sujets : Fiction
Lecture On-line : non disponible

Commentaire :

"To F. M. Atkinson, Esquire"

Iris Storm, femme fatale, races around London and Europe in her yellow Hispano-Suiza surrounded by romantic intrigue, but beneath the glamour she is destined to be a tragic heroine. The success of the novel when it was first published in 1924 let to its adaptation for the screen, with Greta Garbo starring as Iris Storm.

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