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The Essential Tawfiq al-Hakim

Tawfiq al-Hakim is recognized as the undisputed creator of a literature of the theater. In this volume, Tawfiq al-Hakim's fame as a playwright is given prominence. Among his best-known plays are The Sultan's Dilemma and The Tree Climber. Tawfiq al-Hakim produced several of the earliest examples of Arabic novels, including the delightful Diary of a Country Prosecutor, and many short stories. In an extract from The Prison of Life, an autobiography, Tawfiq al-Hakim writes with commendable frankness about himself.

Tawfiq al-Hakim (1898-1989), Egypt's best-known playwright, did for the Arabic theater what Naguib Mahfouz did for the Arabic novel. He wrote over seventy plays, as well as a number of novels and short stories and an autobiography.

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