Michael Arlen

Armenian Writer
Born Nov 16, 1895

Michael Arlen, 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.

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Michael Arlen was born Dikran Kouyoumdjian on November 16, 1895, in Rousse, Bulgaria, to an Armenian merchant family. … Read More
1901 6 Years Old In 1901, apparently not feeling satisfied with Bulgaria's position in the oncoming war, Arlen's family moved once more: this time to the seaside town of Southport in Lancashire, England. … Read More


1913 18 Years Old In 1913, after a few months of university, Arlen moved to London to live by his pen. … Read More


1916 21 Years Old Arlen began his literary career in 1916, writing under his birth name, Dikran Kouyoumdjian, first in a London-based Armenian periodical, Ararat: A Searchlight on Armenia, and soon after for The New Age, a British weekly review of politics, arts, and literature. … Read More
Arlen's last submissions to The New Age, a series of semi-autobiographical personal essays entitled "The London Papers", were assembled in 1920 and published with slight revisions as The London Venture. … Read More
1922 27 Years Old In 1922, Arlen naturalized as a British citizen and legally changed his birth name, Dikran Kouyoumdjian, to Michael Arlen.
1924 29 Years Old 1 More Event
The above works eventually culminated into the book that would launch Arlen's fame and fortune in the 1920s: The Green Hat, published in 1924. … Read More


1927 32 Years Old In 1927, Arlen, feeling ill, joined D. H. Lawrence in Florence, where Lawrence was working on Lady Chatterley's Lover, for which Arlen served as a model for Michaelis.
1928 33 Years Old In 1928, Arlen married Countess Atalanta Mercati in Cannes, France, to where he had moved.
1930 35 Years Old They had had two children, a son, Michael John Arlen born in 1930, and a daughter, Venetia Arlen, born in 1933. … Read More


1939 44 Years Old In 1939, when World War II began, Arlen returned to England to serve England in World War II. … Read More
1940 45 Years Old In 1940, Arlen was appointed Civil Defence Public Relations Officer for the East Midlands, but when his loyalty to England was questioned in the House of Commons in 1941, Arlen resigned and moved to America, where he settled in New York in 1946. … Read More


1956 61 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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. … Read More
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