Peride Celal

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Peride Celal
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Born (1916-06-10)June 10, 1916
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died June 15, 2013(2013-06-15) (aged 97)[1]
Istanbul, Turkey
Occupation Novelist, story writer
Nationality Turkish
Spouse Atıf Yönsel (1940s? – 1978)[2]
Children Zeynep Ergun

Peride Celal Yönsel (June 10, 1916 – June 15, 2013),[3] commonly known as Peride Celal or Peride Celâl was a Turkish novelist and story writer.[2][4]

Early life[edit]

Born in İstanbul, she completed her high school education in Samsun and at the French curriculum Lycée Sainte-Pulchérie in İstanbul. She spent most of her childhood in Anatolia.


After returning to İstanbul, Celal worked at Elektrik Şirketi and Neşriyat Bürosu. In 1944, she went to Switzerland to work as an assistant at the Press Office of the Turkish Embassy in Bern. Upon her return to Turkey, she served at the governmental press and publishing agency (Turkish: Basın Yayın Kurumu) and the newspaper "Yeni İstanbul".[5][6]

Celal acquired her love of literature from her cultured mother, and started writing at a young age. Her first story, Ak Kiz, was published in the weekly Yedigün in 1935, which was followed by her stories, reportages and novels in the newspapers Son Posta, Cumhuriyet, Tan and Milliyet.[6] Her literary career can be divided into two parts: During the first half, she wrote mostly romantic novels. During the second half, she focused on the twisted and corrupt lives of the Turkish bourgeoisie.


Celal died on June 15, 2013, but it was announced two days later by her family.[3][6][7] She is survived by her daughter Zeynep Ergun, who was the chair of the English Language and Literature Department at İstanbul University.


In 1977 Celal was honored for her novel Üç Yirmi Dört Saat with the Turkish Sedat Simavi Literature Award along with Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca. The 1991 Orhan Kemal Novel Prize was bestowed on Peride Celal for her novel Kurtlar.[6]

In 1996, Selim İleri published a book titled Present to Peride Celal (Peride Celal’e Armağan) edited by 19 Turkish authors.[6]



  • Sönen Alev (1938)
  • Yaz Yağmuru (1940)
  • Ana Kız (1941)
  • Kızıl Vazo (1941)
  • Ben Vurmadım (1941)
  • Atmaca (1944)
  • Aşkın Doğuşu (1944)
  • Kırkıncı Tepe (1945)
  • Dar Yol (1949)
  • Üç Kadının Romanı (1954)
  • Kırkıncı Oda (1958)
  • Gecenin Ucundaki Işık (1963)
  • Güz Şarkısı (1966)
  • Evli Bir Kadının Günlüğünden (1971)
  • Üç Yirmidört Saat (1977)
  • Kurtlar (1990)
  • Deli Aşk (2002)


  • Jaguar (1978)
  • Bir Hanım Efendinin Ölümü (1981)
  • Pay Kavgası (1985).


  1. ^ "Peride Celal Hayatını Kaybetti". Taraf. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Karahan, Burcu. "Peride Celâl'in Romanlarında Kadın Kimlikleri" (PDF) (in Turkish). Bilkent University. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Peride Celal hayatla ‘barışamadan’ öldü" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Bir Hanımefendinin Ölümü" (in Turkish). Bianet. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Peride Celal". Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Peride Celal hayatını kaybetti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  7. ^ Renowned author Peride Celal passes away at 97

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