Books: Under the Green Hat

EXILES by Michael J. Arlen. 226 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $6.95.

In the '20s, when he was in his 20s, an Armenian named Dikran Kouyoumjian created a string of literary entertainments about the Bright Young People of London's Mayfair. No one was better than he at writing about "silly young Lords, who drink champagne in the morning, and marvelous new 1920s women, who swear (ever so slightly) and are bored with silly young Lords." His greatest confection was Iris March (in The Green Hat), a fell lady who seductively drops her keepsake emerald...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!