Writers Famous Authors from Turkey

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List of the most popular authors from Turkey, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Turkish authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Turkish writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Aziz Nesin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Aziz Nesin Socialism Is Coming : Stand aside, Ruyalarim ziyan olmasin, Soruşturmada Aziz Nesin was a Turkish writer and humorist who authored more than 100 books.

Nâzım Hikmet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Nâzım Hikmet Rubailer, Things I Didn't Know I Loved, Selected poetry Nâzım Hikmet Ran, commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet was a Turkish poet, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director and memoirist. He was acclaimed for the "lyrical flow of his ...more

Yılmaz Güney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Yılmaz Güney Baba, Oğluma masallar, Salpa Yılmaz Güney was a kurdish film director, scenarist, novelist, and actor of Zaza People origin. Many of his works were devoted to the plight of ordinary, working class people in Turkey. ...more

Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Elia Kazan The Arrangement, Elia Kazan: A Life, America^! America Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...more

Fikret Hakan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Fikret Hakan Hamal'ın Uşakları, Türk Sinema Tarihi, İmbikli Duvar Fikret Hakan is a prolific Turkish film actor and a recipient of the honorary State Artist, a prestigious title awarded by the Turkish government. Hakan began his artistic career in 1950 as an ...more

Said Nursî is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Said Nursî Prophet Muhammad and His Miracles, The Words, Risale-i Nur Said Nursî, also spelled Said-i Nursî, officially Said Okur and commonly known with the honorific Bediüzzaman, was a Kurdish Sunni Muslim theologian. He wrote the Risale-i Nur ...more

Adnan Oktar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Adnan Oktar Darwin's Antagonism Against the Turks, The Evolution Deceit, Soykırım yalanı Adnan Oktar, also known as Harun Yahya, is a Turkish author referred to as "the biggest propagator of ijaz literature" as well as an Islamic creationist. In 2007, he sent thousands of ...more

Ferhan Şensoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Ferhan Şensoy Oteller Kitabı, Rum Memet, FerhAntoloji Ferhan Şensoy is a prominent Turkish playwright, actor and stage director.

Zülfü Livaneli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Zülfü Livaneli Leyla's House, The Last Island, A Child In Mount Arafat Kendal is a film score composer.

Tarık Akan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Tarık Akan Anne Kafamda Bit Var Tarık Akan is a Turkish film actor and producer who has been active since the 1970s. The first film in 1971, began his acting career with Emine. Has become one of the most handsome player at a ...more

Haldun Taner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Haldun Taner Yâr Bana Bir Eğlence, Timsah, Vatan Kurtaran Şaban Haldun Taner was a well-known Turkish playwright and short story writer. He was born on March 16, 1915 in Istanbul. After graduating from the Galatasaray High School in 1935, he studied politics ...more

Filiz Akın is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Filiz Akın Hayata Merhaba, Güzelliklere Merhaba Filiz Akın is a Turkish film actress. She is one of the famous actresses in the history of Turkish cinema with more than 120 films, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Orhan Pamuk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Orhan Pamuk My Name Is Red, Snow, Istanbul: Memories and a City Ferit Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish citizen who born to Circassian parents novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of Turkey's most prominent ...more

Enver Aysever is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Enver Aysever Geç Kalmış Romantik, Renkler Cumhuriyeti, Yabancı'da Camus Enver Aysever is a sociologist, television producer and author.

Uğur Dündar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Uğur Dündar İyi Uykular Sayın Seyirciler, Yalandan Kim Ölmüş, İşte Hayatım Uğur Dündar is a Turkish journalist, anchorman, political commentator and writer. He was born in Akören village of Silivri district in Istanbul Province. He graduated from Istanbul ...more

Abidin Dino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Abidin Dino Nazım Üstüne, Yeditepe Öyküleri, Sinan Bir Düşsel Yaşamöyküsü Abidin Dino, was a Turkish artist and a well-known painter.

Uğur Mumcu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Uğur Mumcu Eğilmeden Bükülmeden, Polemikler, Söze Nereden Başlasam Uğur Mumcu was a Turkish investigative journalist for the leading daily Cumhuriyet. He was assassinated by a bomb placed in his car outside his home.

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Can Dündar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Can Dündar Aşka Veda, The stars, Red bike Can Dündar is a Turkish journalist, columnist and documentarian. He is one of the best known figures in Turkish media, described as possessing "impeccable republican credentials". ...more

Ahmet Ağaoğlu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Ahmet Ağaoğlu Woman in the Islamic World, Ben Neyim, Hindistan ve İngiltere Ahmet Ağaoğlu, also known as Ahmed bey Agayev was a prominent Azerbaijani and Turkish publicist and journalist. He was recognized as one of the founders of pan-Turkism.

Pelin Batu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Pelin Batu The Book Of Winds, Glass Pelin Batu is a Turkish author, actress, historian, and television personality.

Nihat Genç is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Nihat Genç Memleket Hikayeleri, Sordum Kara Çiçeğe, İhtiyar Kemancı Nihat Genç, is a Turkish journalist, writer and thinker. He graduated from Trabzon Commerce School in 1974 continuing at the Istanbul Academy of Economic and Commercial Sciences and ...more

A. I. Bezzerides is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
A. I. Bezzerides Thieves' Market, They drive by night, The Long Haul A.I. " Buzz" Bezzerides was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for writing noir and action motion pictures, especially several of Warners' "social conscience" ...more

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Mehmet Ali Birand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Mehmet Ali Birand Demirkırat: Bir Demokrasinin Doğuşu, Panorama '97 CD-ROM 32. Gün Dünya'da ve Türkiye'de Yılın Olayları, Diyet Mehmet Ali Birand was a Turkish journalist, political commentator and writer.

Salih Mirzabeyoğlu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Salih Mirzabeyoğlu Dil ve Anlayis, Islam'a Muhatap Anlayis, Sefine Salih Mirzabeyoğlu is a Kurdish fundamentalist ideologue and alleged leader of the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front, a militant Islamist group present in Turkey. In 1975, he and his friends ...more

Sibel Gokce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Sibel Gokce Erkekleri Pişirme Yöntemleri, İnce Küfür Annesi, Orospu Kadavralar Sibel Gokce is an actress.

Sait Faik Abasıyanık is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Sait Faik Abasıyanık Mahalle Kahvesi, Un point sur la carte, Bütün eserleri Sait Faik Abasıyanık was one of the greatest Turkish writers of short stories and poetry and considered an important literary figure of the 1940s. He created a brand new style in Turkish ...more

Mehmet Akif Ersoy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Mehmet Akif Ersoy Safahat, Asım, At the Chair of Fatih Mehmet Âkif Ersoy was a Turkish poet, writer, academic, member of parliament, and the author of the Turkish National Anthem. Widely regarded as one of the premiere literary minds of his ...more

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Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı Ötelerin Çocuğu, Parmak Damgası, Arşipel Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı was a Turkish writer of novels, short-stories and essays, as well as being a keen ethnographer and travelogue.

Halide Edip Adıvar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Halide Edip Adıvar Memoirs of Halidé Edib, House with wisteria, Conflict of East and West in Turkey Halide Edip Adıvar was a Turkish novelist, nationalist, and political leader for women's rights. She was best known for her novels criticizing the low social status of Turkish women and what she ...more

Reha Muhtar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Reha Muhtar Mina'ya Mektuplar Reha Muhtar is a Turkish anchorman, columnist and television reporter of Iraqi Turkmen descent. He was first seen on TV as TRT's reporter from Athens, Greece. Later he started hosting a debate ...more

Pınar Altuğ is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
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Rauf Denktaş is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Rauf Denktaş A challenge on Cyprus, The Cyprus triangle, Kalbimin Sesi - The voice of my heart Rauf Raif Denktaş, or Denktash was a Turkish Cypriot politician, barrister and jurist elected in 1973 as the Vice-President of the Republic of Cyprus. He later became recognised by Turkey as the ...more

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Semih Kaplanoğlu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Semih Kaplanoğlu Semih Kaplanoğlu is a Turkish playwright, film director and producer.

İlhan Berk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
İlhan Berk A leaf about to fall, Delta ve Çocuk, Şenlikname İlhan Berk was a leading contemporary Turkish poet. He was a dominant figure in the postmodern current in Turkish poetry and was very influential among Turkish literary circles.

Faruk Nafiz Çamlıbel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Faruk Nafiz Çamlıbel Özyurt, Ayşe'nin Doktoru, Yıldız Yağmuru Faruk Nafiz Çamlıbel was a leading Turkish poet, author and later politician.

Alparslan Türkeş is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Alparslan Türkeş 12 Eylül Adaleti: Savunma, Dokuz Işık ve Türkiye, 27 Mayıs^! 13 Kasım^! 21 Mayıs ve Gerçekler Alparslan Türkeş was a Turkish nationalist politician who was the founder and former president of the Nationalist Movement Party. He represented the far right of the Turkish political ...more

Ahmed Adnan Saygun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Ahmed Adnan Saygun Béla Bartók's folk music research in Turkey, Lise Müzik Kitabı I-II-III (Halil Badi Yönetken ile birlikte), Musıki Temel Bilgisi III Ahmed Adnan Saygun was a Turkish composer, musicologist and writer on music. One of a group of composers known as the Turkish Five who pioneered western classical music in Turkey, his works show ...more

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Kâzım Karabekir is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Kâzım Karabekir Erzincan ve Erzurum'un Kurtuluşu, İstiklal Harbimizde İttihad Terraki ve Enver Paşa 1-2, Tarih Boyunca Türk-Alman İlişkileri Musa Kâzım Karabekir was a Turkish general and politician. He was commander of the Eastern Army in the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I and served as Speaker of the Grand National ...more

Küçük İskender is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Küçük İskender Yirmi5April, Gözyaşlarım Nal Sesleri, Periler Ölürken Özür Diler Küçük İskender is a Turkish poet, critic and actor.

Erdal İnönü is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Erdal İnönü Kurultay Konuşmaları, Mehmet Nadir Bir Eğitim ve Bilim Öncüsü, Bilimsel Devrim ve Stratejik Anlamı Erdal İnönü was a Turkish theoretical physicist and politician who served as the interim Prime Minister of Turkey between 16 May and 25 June 1993. He also served as the Deputy Prime ...more

Bülent Ecevit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Bülent Ecevit Foreign Policy, We Raised Love Hand In Hand, World-Turkey-Nationalism Mustafa Bülent Ecevit was a Turkish politician, poet, writer, scholar, and journalist, who served as the Prime Minister of Turkey four times between the years 1974 and 2002. He was the ...more

Rıfat Ilgaz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Rıfat Ilgaz Hababam Sınıfı, Nerde O Eski Usturalar, Hababam Sınıfı Sınıfta Kaldı Rıfat Ilgaz was a poet who was born in Cide, in the Kastamonu Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. He was a teacher, poet, and writer. Ilgaz was one of Turkey’s best-known and most prolific poets and ...more

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Ahmet Haşim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Ahmet Haşim Savrulmada Gül, Bir Yaz Gecesi Hatırası, Paris^! Frankfurt... Yahut Hiç! Ahmet Haşim was an influential Turkish poet of the early 20th century.

Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil Aşk-ı Memnu, Mai ve Siyah, Ferdi ve Şürekâsı Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil was a Turkish author, poet, and playwright. A part of the Edebiyat-ı Cedide movement of the late Ottoman Empire, he was the founder of and contributor to many literary ...more

Melih Cevdet Anday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Melih Cevdet Anday Ölümsüzler, İçerdekiler, Mikado'nun Çöpleri Melih Cevdet Anday, Turkish poet and writer who has been one of the forefront poets of the Garip movement together with Orhan Veli and Oktay Rifat. His unique poetry stands outside the ...more

Adalet Ağaoğlu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Adalet Ağaoğlu Fikrimin İnce Gülü, Başka Karşılaşmalar, Yeni Karşılaşmalar Adalet Ağaoğlu 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.

Hakan Albayrak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Hakan Albayrak The Core of Islamic Unity: Turkey - Syria, Angels On My Shoulders, Abu Dher Hakan Albayrak is a Turkish journalist and activist.

Can Yücel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Can Yücel En Uzak Mesafe, Gece Vardiyası Albümü, Seke Seke Can Yücel was a Turkish poet noted for his use of colloquial language.

Gülse Birsel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Gülse Birsel Yazlık, Hala Ciddiyim, Yolculuk Nereye Hemşerim Gülse Birsel is a Turkish comedian, writer, scenarist and actress.

Ayşe Kulin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Turkey
Ayşe Kulin Last train to Istanbul, Köprü, Gece Sesleri Ayşe Kulin is a Turkish contemporary novelist and columnist.