"Michael Arlen's books"

Michael Arlen (1895-1956) was born as Dikran Kouyoumdjian to an Armenian family in Bulgaria. Moving to England in 1901, Arlen's works about 1920s England -- which closely resembled his own lifestyle -- captured the mood of the era. However, whilst Fitzgerald's novels, particularly The Great Gatsby (see 'Bookmark' for page 88), have enjoyed enduring popularity for their portrayal of the Jazz Age, Arlen has faded into relative obscurity. He found major success with the 1924 publication of The Green Hat, which was subsequently adapted for Broadway, the West End and the big screen.