Michael Arlen
Armenian writer
Michael Arlen
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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Not Quite Traditional - North Coast Journal
Google News - over 5 years
The lineup — Paul Hoffman on mandolin, Anders Beck dobro, Michael Arlen Bont banjo, Dave Bruzza guitar, Mike Devol upright bass — fits the traditional Bill Monroe bluegrass instrumental array. But these guys are more likely to cover a Pink Floyd song
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DVD Extra: Rediscovering RKO -- Grant, Lombard, Astaire, The Saint - New York Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The series continued with other actors, but Charteris sued when RKO put Sanders into another, remarkably similar, detective series called The Falcon, allegedly based on a character by Michael Arlen. The Saint pictures with Sanders -- all but one
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Invisible Ink: No 84 - Michael Arlen - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Arlen was too clever to settle for merely regurgitating the antics of the fast set, but he was fascinated by its world. The man who gave us the story "When a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (from whence the song derived) had been born
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Greensky Bluegrass are a rock 'n' roll band in disguise - Charleston City Paper
Google News - over 5 years
Bruzza assembled Greensky Bluegrass in 2000 in his hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich., with banjo player Michael Arlen Bont and mandolinist Paul Hoffman. They came from varied musical backgrounds, but all three buddies wanted to explore bluegrass and get
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Greensky Bluegrass Goes to Bonnaroo - REVUE
Google News - over 5 years
Greensky Bluegrass -- made up of Beck on the dobro, Michael Arlen Bont on the banjo, Dave Bruzza on the guitar, Mike Devol on the upright bass and Paul Hoffman on the mandolin -- will perform twice at the festival. The band's first show is Thursday
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'Not the New York Times' from 1978 remains the best NYT parody - Poynter.org
Google News - almost 6 years
Among the contributors were Carl Bernstein, Frances FitzGerald, Michael Arlen, Jerzy Kosinski, Terry Southern and Nora Ephron. Not the New York Times occasionally shows up on eBay; it sold for $20 in March. The latest Times parody — “The Final Edition
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Celebrating Scandal
NYTimes - over 6 years
THE crisp invitation, edged in a striped border and lettered in Art Deco capitals, arrived on a sultry summer afternoon. Dawn Davis, an editor at HarperCollins, was beckoning literary hedonists to a ''Bolter'' party, to celebrate the ''scandalous life'' of Idina Sackville -- the aristocrat who shocked Britain in 1919 with her divorce from the most
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ABOUT NEW YORK; In 1978, a Faux Paper Was Real Genius
NYTimes - over 8 years
A spoof called ''New York Times -- Special Edition'' was handed out in big cities around the country this week, full of news stories imagined by liberal pranksters. It was a Grade-A caper; people walked into their subways carrying a newspaper headlined, ''Iraq War Ends,'' thinking, well, how do you like that? Then they noticed the date on the paper
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FILM IN REVIEW
NYTimes - almost 9 years
SHELTER Opens on Friday in Manhattan. Directed by Jonah Markowitz 1 hour 38 minutes; not rated A confused young artist is torn between his family and his future in ''Shelter,'' a sensitive romantic drama from the writer and director Jonah Markowitz. Set in the working-class San Pedro area of Los Angeles, the movie centers on Zach (Trevor Wright), a
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Two Memorial Services Remember David Halberstam and Kitty Carlisle Hart; A Writer Dedicated To Conveying Truth
NYTimes - over 9 years
David Halberstam, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who was killed in a car crash in California on April 23, was remembered yesterday as a gifted storyteller who was determined to tell his readers the truth. Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for Mr. Halberstam at Riverside Church in Manhattan: well-known writers and
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FILM REVIEW; Ugly Americans, Young, Attractive and Tormented
NYTimes - about 10 years
If stupidity were a crime, the nitwits in the cheap horror flick ''Turistas'' would be doing time in Attica. A grubby, lethally dull bid to cash in on the new extreme horror, the film turns on a conceit as frayed as Freddy Krueger's shtick: a group of hotties stumble into the lair of a madman. Carnage ensues. Here the hapless, clueless and braless
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Fie on 'Cool Britannia'!
NYTimes - almost 17 years
WHILE in London last fall, I was keenly aware of grumbling about Blair's Project, as Prime Minister Tony Blair's plan to modernize Britain is called. It even has a snappy theme, ''Cool Britannia.'' Many Brits seem convinced that along with Mr. Blair's shaking up the House of Lords, banishing the fox hunt and financing the Millennium Dome, he is out
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Caroline Arlen, David L. Kim
NYTimes - over 24 years
Caroline Covington Arlen, a daughter of Ann W. Arlen and Michael Arlen, both of New York, was married yesterday to David Lee Kim, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Kim of Shutesbury, Mass. The Rev. Kevin Ogle, a Disciples of Christ minister, performed the ceremony at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Md. Mrs. Kim is the editorial makeup assistant at
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The New Yorker Names Its First Television Critic
NYTimes - over 24 years
Tina Brown, who is to become editor of The New Yorker in the fall, said yesterday that she had named James Wolcott, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair as The New Yorker's first television critic. Although the magazine has not had a television critic as such, it has carried many articles about television over the years. Writers have included
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Through West Indian Eyes
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: ''When I was a child I liked to read. I loved 'Jane Eyre' especially and read it over and over. I didn't know anyone else who liked to read except my mother, and it got me in a lot of trouble because it made me into a thief and a liar. I stole books, and I stole money to buy them. . . . Books brought me the greatest satisfaction. ''When I was
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Greta Garbo, 84, Screen Icon Who Fled Her Stardom, Dies
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: Greta Garbo, the enigmatic and elusive star of some of Hollywood's most memorable romantic movies of the 1930's and a 50-year focus of curiosity and myth, died yesterday at New York Hospital in Manhattan. She was 84 years old. Greta Garbo, the enigmatic and elusive star of some of Hollywood's most memorable romantic movies of the 1930's and a
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Review/Art; The Natinal Academy Airs Some Lesser-Known Work
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: Housed since 1940 in the very grand town house on Fifth Avenue that was given to it (with an endowment) by Archer M. Huntington, the National Academy of Design under the directorship of John Dobkin has lately played a considerable role in New York life. It is many things in one -an art school, a society of artists, a center for lectures and
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JENNIFER HALL ARLEN, A LAW PROFESSOR, TO WED ROBERT LEE HOTZ, A REPORTER
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: Jennifer Hall Arlen and Robert Lee Hotz, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Hotz of Washington and Middletown, Md., plan to marry in May, the parents of the future bride, Ann Warner Arlen and Michael Arlen, both of New York, have announced. Jennifer Hall Arlen and Robert Lee Hotz, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Hotz of Washington and
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Patriarch Seeks to Rally Armenians
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The six and a half million Armenians in the world have been a dispersed and tormented people without their own independent land. But their banner of unity has always been their church -the Armenian Apostolic. The six and a half million Armenians in the world have been a dispersed and tormented people without their own independent land. But
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DENIZENS OF THE NIGHT: THEIR FAVORITE HAUNTS
NYTimes - over 30 years
THE early evening starts at the Odeon with elegant, spare, three- and four-course dinners served to a basically Brooks Brothers and Eurostyle crowd with, perhaps, a smattering of movie celebrities. But around 11 P.M. the rock music in the TriBeCa restaurant is turned up. Artist by artist, the bar deepens, and the floor becomes a billiard table of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Arlen
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 60
    He died of cancer on June 23, 1956, in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Horror writer Karl Edward Wagner included Hell! Said the Duchess on his list of "The Thirteen Best Supernatural Horror Novels" in the May 1983 issue of The Twilight Zone Magazine. F. Scott Fitzgerald was an admirer of Arlen's work. In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway recounts how, as he and Fitzgerald were sharing a long car journey to Paris, Fitzgerald told him the plots of all Arlen's books, concluding that the author was "the man you had to watch". Arlen's son had an article, "Michael Arlen takes on the TV News", in the May 1972 issue of Playboy.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 suspicion for foreigners mixed with envy, with which his success was viewed by some. 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", while Arlen half-jokingly described himself as "every other inch a gentleman".
  • FORTIES
  • 1940
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For the next ten years of his life, Arlen suffered from writer's block.
  • 1939
    Age 43
    In 1939, when World War II began, Arlen returned to England to serve England in World War II.
    More Details Hide Details While his wife, Atalanta, joined the Red Cross, Arlen wrote columns for The Tatler. That same year, his final book, The Flying Dutchman (1939), was published, a political book, commenting harshly on Germany's position in World War II.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1930
    Age 34
    They had had two children, a son, Michael John Arlen born in 1930, and a daughter, Venetia Arlen, born in 1933.
    More Details Hide Details With his following novel, Man's Mortality (1933), Arlen turned to political writing and science fiction, brushing aside his earlier, smart society romances. Set fifty years in the future, in 1983, the book can be seen as portraying a Dystopia, whose rulers claim that it is a Utopia. Most critics compared it unfavourably with Huxley's Brave New World, which had been published the year before. In the following years, Arlen also returned to gothic horror with Hell! Said the Duchess: A Bed-Time Story (1934). In his final collection of short stories, The Crooked Coronet (1939), Arlen briefly returns to his earlier romantic, but also comic, style. Arlen's claim to fame in the world of crime fiction rests on one short story, "Gay Falcon" (1940), in which he introduced gentleman sleuth Gay Stanhope Falcon. Renamed Gay Lawrence and nicknamed the Falcon, the character was taken up by Hollywood in 1941 and expanded into a series of mystery films with George Sanders in the title role. When Sanders left the role, he was succeeded by his brother Tom Conway, who played Gay Lawrence's brother Tom and also used the nickname the Falcon.
  • 1928
    Age 32
    In 1928, Arlen married Countess Atalanta Mercati in Cannes, France, to where he had moved.
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  • 1927
    Age 31
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1924
    Age 28
    According to Noël Coward's biographer, Sheridan Morley, Arlen rescued the play The Vortex in 1924 by writing Coward a cheque for £250 when it seemed that otherwise the production would collapse.
    More Details Hide Details The Vortex made Coward's name. Naturally, after all this fame and attention, Arlen felt somewhat anxious to write the book that would follow The Green Hat. Notwithstanding, Arlen wrote Young Men in Love (1927) and received mixed reviews. After Young Men in Love, Arlen continued with Lily Christine (1928), Babes in the Wood (1929), and Men Dislike Women (1931), none of which received the enthusiastic reviews that The Green Hat had received. Arlen also wrote a volume of Ghost Stories (1927), which were influenced by Saki, Oscar Wilde and Arthur Machen.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Green Hat narrates the short life and violent death of femme fatale and dashing widow Iris Storm, owner of the hat of the title and a yellow Hispano Suiza. In 1925, it was adapted into a Broadway play starring Katharine Cornell and Leslie Howard in his most successful Broadway appearance to date, an almost simultaneous but less successful adaption in London's West End starring Tallulah Bankhead, and a silent Hollywood film in 1928 starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. The book figures in A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell as representative of life in Shepherd Market. Because The Green Hat was considered provocative in the United States, the movie was not allowed to make any references to it and was therefore dubbed A Woman of Affairs. The film also obscured/altered plot points concerning homosexuality and venereal disease. It was adapted a second time in 1934, as Outcast Lady, with Constance Bennett and Herbert Marshall in the main roles.
  • 1922
    Age 26
    In 1922, Arlen naturalized as a British citizen and legally changed his birth name, Dikran Kouyoumdjian, to Michael Arlen.
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  • 1920
    Age 24
    In 1920, Arlen also spent some time in France with Nancy Cunard although she was married to someone else at the time — a relationship which fuelled Aldous Huxley's jealousy.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1920s, Shepherd Market was a fashionable Mayfair address. Michael Arlen rented rooms opposite The Grapes public house, and later used Shepherd Market as the setting for The Green Hat. After "The London Venture", Arlen worked on romances, spicing them with elements of psychological thrills and horror, including The Romantic Lady, These Charming People, and "Piracy": A Romantic Chronicle of These Days. In These Charming People, for instance, Arlen wrote tales which included elements of fantasy and horror, in particular "The Ancient Sin" and "The Loquacious Lady of Lansdowne Passage". The volume also introduced a gentleman crook reminiscent of Raffles in the story "The Cavalier of the Streets". The title of another story, "When a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", was the inspiration for the popular song of the same name.
    Already in January and April 1920, Arlen two short stories, published in The English Review, signed Michael Arlen.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details From this moment onwards, Arlen began to sign his works as Michael Arlen.
  • 1916
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For these two magazines, Arlen wrote essays, book reviews, personal essays, short stories, and even one short play.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1913
    Age 17
    In 1913, after a few months of university, Arlen moved to London to live by his pen.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, World War I broke out and made Arlen's position in England as a Bulgarian national rather difficult. Arlen's nationality was still Bulgarian, but Bulgaria had disowned him because he would not serve in Bulgaria's army. Bulgaria being allies with Germany made England suspicious of Arlen, who could neither be naturalized as a British citizen, nor change his name. In London, Arlen found company in modernist literary circles with others who had been looked upon suspiciously or had been denied military service. Among these were Aldous Huxley, D. H. Lawrence, Nancy Cunard, and George Moore.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1901
    Age 5
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After attending Malvern College and spending a brief time in Switzerland, Arlen enrolled as a medical student at the University of Edinburgh, despite his and his family's intention that he go to Oxford University. If we are to view Arlen's first published book, The London Venture, as being semi-autobiographical, then we will never know why Arlen made this "silly mistake" of going to Edinburgh instead of Oxford. We know however what led Arlen to London, where he would make his break into a literary career. In The London Venture, Arlen writes: "I, up at Edinburgh, was on the high road to general fecklessness. I only stayed there a few months; jumbled months of elementary medicine, political economy, metaphysics, theosophy--I once handed round programs at an Annie Besant lecture at the Usher Hall--and beer, lots of beer. And then, one night, I emptied my last mug, and with another side-glance at Oxford, came down to London; 'to take up a literary career' my biographer will no doubt write of me." (p. 132)
  • 1895
    Born
    Michael Arlen was born Dikran Kouyoumdjian on November 16, 1895, in Rousse, Bulgaria, to an Armenian merchant family.
    More Details Hide Details In 1892, Arlen's family moved to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, after fleeing Turkish persecutions of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. In Plovdiv, Arlen's father, Sarkis Kouyoumdjian, established a successful import business.
    In 1895, Arlen was born as the youngest child of five, having three brothers, Takvor, Krikor, and Roupen, and one sister, Ahavni.
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