Famous Turkish Writers

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 1 
Rumi
(Persian Poet)

Rumi
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Birthdate: September 30, 1207
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Balkh, Afghanistan
Died: December 17, 1273

Rumi was a Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose spiritual legacy has been attracting praises for the past 800 years! Often described as the best-selling and most popular poet in the US, Rumi's poems are widely read today in many countries. His poetry has influenced the literary traditions of many languages, such as Pashto, Urdu, Chagatai, and Ottoman Turkish.

 2 
Ali Kemal
(Journalist)

Ali Kemal
4
Birthdate: September 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fatih, Turkey
Died: November 6, 1922

 3 
Pliny the Younger
(Author, Lawyer)

Pliny the Younger
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Birthdate: 0061 AD
Birthplace: Como
Died: 0112 AD

Pliny the Younger was an author, lawyer, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Although Pliny the Younger wrote several letters, only 247 of them have survived and are of great historical value as they provide an insight into the relationship between provincial governors and the imperial office at that time.

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Orhan Pamuk
4
Birthdate: June 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, and academic. He is the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of the best-known writers from Turkey, he has sold over 13 million books in 63 languages. He began writing in the 1970s and is the author of several novels and non-fiction works in both English and Turkish. 

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 5 
John Chrysostom
(Early Church Father and Archbishop of Constantinople (398-404))

John Chrysostom
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Birthdate: 0347 AD
Birthplace: Antioch, Turkey
Died: September 14, 0407

John Chrysostom was an influential Early Church Father best remembered for his public speaking and preaching. Regarded as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs of the Greek Church, John continues to be a prominent theologian in Eastern Christianity. He is recognized as a saint by various churches, including the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, Catholic, and Lutheran churches.

 6 
Lucian
(Satirist)

Lucian
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Birthdate: 0125 AD
Birthplace: Samsat, Turkey
Died: 0180 AD

 7 
Yunus Emre
(Turkish folk poet and Sufi mystic who greatly influenced Turkish culture)

Yunus Emre
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Birthdate: 1238 AD
Birthplace: Turkey
Died: 1328 AD
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 8 
Elif Shafak
(Writer)

Elif Shafak
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Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

Known widely as Turkey’s most popular female author, Elif Shafak is best known for her Booker-shortlisted bestseller 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. A fierce advocate for gender equality and LGBTQ rights, she is also a 3-time TEDGlobal speaker. She now lives in London, on a self-imposed exile.

 9 
Adnan Oktar
(Writer, Theologian)

Adnan Oktar
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Birthdate: February 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ankara

 10 
Bülent Ecevit
(Politician, Writer, Poet, Translator, Journalist, Diplomat)

Bülent Ecevit
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Birthdate: May 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul
Died: November 5, 2006

 11 
Ammianus Marcellinus
(Soldier,historian)

Ammianus Marcellinus
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Birthdate: 0330 AD
Birthplace: Antioch
Died: 0400 AD

 12 
Papias
(Author Who lived c. 60 – c. 130 AD)

Papias
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Birthdate: 0070 AD
Birthplace: Asia Minor
Died: 0163 AD

 13 

Ahmet Tevfik Pasha
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Birthdate: February 11, 1845
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: October 8, 1936

 14 
Zeki Müren
(Singer)

Zeki Müren
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Birthdate: December 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey
Died: September 24, 1996

 15 
Yılmaz Güney
(Director, Screenwriter)

Yılmaz Güney
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Birthdate: April 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yenice, Karataş, Turkey
Died: September 9, 1984

 16 
Aziz Nesin
(Poet, Writer, Novelist, Children's writer, Journalist, Author)

Aziz Nesin
2
Birthdate: December 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Heybeliada
Died: July 6, 1995

Symeon the New Theologian
2
Birthdate: 0949 AD
Birthplace: Galatia
Died: March 12, 1022

 18 
Tuncel Kurtiz
(Actor, Writer)

Tuncel Kurtiz
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Birthdate: February 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kocaeli Province, Turkey
Died: September 27, 2013

 19 
Ziya Gökalp
(Sociologist)

Ziya Gökalp
2
Birthdate: March 23, 1876
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Çermik, Turkey
Died: October 25, 1924

 20 

Ali-Shir Nava'i
2
Birthdate: February 9, 1441
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Herat, Afghanistan
Died: January 3, 1501

 21 
Namık Kemal
(Writer)

Namık Kemal
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Birthdate: December 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tekirdağ, Turkey
Died: December 2, 1888

 22 
Sabahattin Ali
(Novelist, Journalist)

Sabahattin Ali
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Birthdate: February 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ardino, Bulgaria
Died: April 2, 1948

 23 

Sheikh Galip
2
Birthdate: 1757 AD
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: January 3, 1798

 24 
Türkan Şoray
(Actress, Writer)

Türkan Şoray
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Birthdate: June 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eyüp, Istanbul, Turkey

 25 
Yaşar Kemal
(Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer, Journalist)

Yaşar Kemal
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Birthdate: October 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gökçedam
Died: February 28, 2015

 26 
Attila Hildmann
(Cookbook Author, far-right conspiracy theorist)

Attila Hildmann
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Birthdate: April 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Berlin, West Germany

 27 

André de Chénier
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Birthdate: October 30, 1762
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: July 25, 1794

 28 

Tamer Levent
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Birthdate: October 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karşıyaka, İzmir, Turkey

 29 
Alcman
(Poet)

Alcman
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Sardis

 30 

Akif Pirincci
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Birthdate: October 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

 31 

Halide Edib Adıvar
2
Birthdate: June 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: January 9, 1964

 32 
John Malalas
(Chronicler)

John Malalas
2
Birthdate: 0491 AD
Birthplace: Antioch
Died: 0578 AD

Necip Fazıl Kısakürek
2
Birthdate: May 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: May 25, 1983

 34 

Aşık Paşa
2
Birthdate: 1272 AD
Birthplace: Kırşehir, Turkey
Died: 1333 AD

 35 
Eudocia Macrembolitissa
(Byzantine empress)

Eudocia Macrembolitissa
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Birthdate: 1021 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: 1096 AD

 36 
Neşet Ertaş
(Singer, Musician)

Neşet Ertaş
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Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: Çiçekdağı, Turkey
Died: September 25, 2012

 37 

John Tzetzes
2
Birthdate: 1110 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: 1180 AD

 38 
Aquila of Sinope
(Biblical scholar)

Aquila of Sinope
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sinop, Turkey

 39 

Reșat Nuri Güntekin
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Birthdate: November 25, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: December 7, 1956

 40 
Şeyhî
(Poet)

Şeyhî
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kütahya, Turkey
Died: 1431 AD

 41 
Gül Baba
(Turkish dervish)

Gül Baba
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Merzifon, Turkey
Died: September 1, 1541

 42 

Orhan Veli Kanık
2
Birthdate: April 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beykoz, Turkey
Died: November 14, 1950

 43 
Eustathius of Thessalonica
(Greek Orthodox metropolitan)

Eustathius of Thessalonica
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Birthdate: 1115 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: 1196 AD

 44 
Oğuz Atay
(Civil engineer, Engineer, Writer, Playwright, University teacher)

Oğuz Atay
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Birthdate: October 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: İnebolu
Died: December 13, 1977

 45 
Ayşe Kulin
(Writer)

Ayşe Kulin
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Birthdate: August 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

 46 
Mimnermus
(Greek poet)

Mimnermus
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Birthdate: 0670 AD
Birthplace: Colophon, Turkey

 47 

Pir Sultan Abdal
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Turkey
Died: 1550 AD

 48 
Muazzez İlmiye Çığ
(Archaeologist, Writer)

Muazzez İlmiye Çığ
2
Birthdate: June 20, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey

Sait Faik Abasıyanık
1
Birthdate: November 18, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Adapazarı, Turkey
Died: May 11, 1954

 50 
Tevfik Fikret
(Educator)

Tevfik Fikret
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Birthdate: December 24, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: August 19, 1915