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.