'Adalet Agoglu

Adalet Ağaoğlu
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Adalet Sümer

(1929-10-23)23 October 1929
Nallıhan, Ankara, Turkey
Died14 July 2020(2020-07-14) (aged 90)
Istanbul, Turkey
Alma materAnkara University
OccupationNovelist, playwright
Spouse(s)Halim Ağaoğlu (m. 1954; died 2018)
AwardsTurkish Presidency Merit Award

Adalet Ağaoğlu (née Sümer; 23 October 1929 – 14 July 2020)[1] was a Turkish novelist and playwright, considered one of the foremost novelists of 20th-century Turkish literature.[2] She also wrote essays, memoirs, and short stories.


She was born in Nallıhan, Ankara Province on 23 October 1929.[3][4]

As an author, a playwright and a human rights activist, she became one of the most prized novelists of Turkey. Once 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 milieu 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.

Ağaoğlu died in İstanbul at the age of 90 after suffering from multiple organ failure.[5] She was buried in Cebeci Asri Cemetery in Ankara.[6]


She was 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.


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  1. ^ Profile of Adalet Ağaoğlu
  2. ^ "Nihat Duğancı, Adalet Ağaoğlu'nun Romanları ve Romancılığı, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Çanakkale, 2006". Archived from the original on 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
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  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Adalet Ağaoğlu hayatını kaybetti". sozcu.com.tr (in Turkish). 14 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Adalet Ağaoğlu, Ankara'da son yolculuğuna uğurlandı". hurriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). 15 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.

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