1929 (age 87–88)
Nallıhan, Ankara Province, Turkey
|Alma mater||Ankara University|
|Spouse(s)||Halim Ağaoğlu (m. 1954)|
|Awards||Turkish Presidency Merit Award
Adalet Ağaoğlu (née Sümer in 1929) is a Turkish novelist and playwright. She is considered one of the foremost novelists of 20th-century Turkish literature. She has also written essays, memoirs, and short stories.
Life and career
As an author, a playwright and a human rights activist, she became one of the most prized novelists of Turkey. Considered to be one of the most important living authors in Turkey a revered intellectual, her tightly constructed prose is a balance between a realistic millieu of Turkey which she knows firsthand and the broader, more humanistic elements of social pressure and gender prejudice. In an unfamiliar urban world, her fictional newcomers to modernity struggle with age-old issues complicated by perplexing political, religious, economic and social forces.
She has been rewarded with numerous honors besides the literary awards she won in the fields of novel, short story and drama. For her perception of subtle and overt changes in modern Turkish society and her writing entitled "Modernism and Social Change", Adalet Ağaoğlu received the "Turkish Presidency Merit Award" in 1995. In 1998, Ağaoğlu received "Honorary Ph.D." from Anadolu University followed by the "Ph.D. of Humane Letters" from the Ohio State University.
Theatre and radio drama
- Yaşamak – 1955
- Evcilik Oyunu – 1964
- Sınırlarda Aşk – 1965
- Çatıdaki Çatlak – 1965
- Tombala – 1967
- Çatıdaki Çatlak 1967
- Sınırlarda Aşk-Kış-Barış 1970
- Üç Oyun: Bir Kahramanın Ölümü, Çıkış, Kozalar 1973
- Kendini Yazan Şarkı 1976
- Duvar Öyküsü 1992
- Çok Uzak-Fazla Yakın 1991
- Ölmeye Yatmak – 1973
- Fikrimin İnce Gülü – 1976
- Bir Düğün Gecesi – 1979
- Yazsonu – 1980
- Üç Beş Kişi – 1984
- Hayır... – 1987
- Ruh Üşümesi – 1991
- Romantik Bir Viyana Yazı – 1993
- Nihat Duğancı, Adalet Ağaoğlu'nun Romanları ve Romancılığı, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Çanakkale, 2006
- McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama: An International Reference Work in 5 Volumes. 2 (2 ed.). Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG. 1984. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-07-079169-5. Retrieved 1 March 2010.