- Name: Michael Arlen
- Born: 11/16/1895
- Died: 06/23/1956 (60 years old)
- Occupation: Essayist, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter
Michael Arlen (16 November 1895 in Ruse, Bulgaria – 23 June 1956 in New York City), born Dikran Kouyoumdjian (Armenian: Տիգրան Գոյումճեան), was a British essayist, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter of Armenian origin, who had his greatest successes in the 1920s while living and writing in England. Arlen is most famous for his satirical romances set in English smart society, but 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’.
Birth Name: Dikran Kouyoumdjian
Birth Place: Ruse, Bulgaria
Death Place: New York City