Michael Arlen, born Dikran Kouyoumdjian on November 16, 1895, in Ruse, Bulgaria, was a British-Armenian author, best known for his satirical romances set in the context of the Jazz Age. After moving to England and changing his name, Arlen's most famous work, 'The Green Hat' (1924), epitomized the glamour and decadence of the era. He became a naturalized British citizen in 1922. His works often explored themes of identity, belonging, and the lifestyle of the English upper classes, and he was a prominent figure in London's literary scene during the 1920s. Arlen's popularity waned in later years, and he died on June 23, 1956, in New York City.
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"The Green Hat" is a novel set in 1920s London that follows the life of a glamorous and mysterious woman known for her signature green hat. She is a symbol of the era's new woman, embodying both its allure and its moral ambiguity. As she navigates her scandalous love affairs and her brother's suicide, she becomes a controversial figure, facing both admiration and condemnation from society. The novel explores themes of love, reputation, and societal expectations, offering a critical portrayal of the Jazz Age.