Gürpınar was the son of a family close to the Ottoman court, born in Istanbul. Having lost his mother at an early age, he was sent to Crete where his father was an Ottoman civil servant, however he was soon sent back to Istanbul, where he was brought up by his aunts and grandmothers in Istanbul.
Gürpınar started writing fiction at an early age. He became a civil servant, then a writer and journalist. He later served as a member of parliament in the early years of the Turkish Republic between 1935 and 1943.