Ahmet Mithat

Ahmet Mithat

Ahmet Mithat
Born 1844
Died December 28, 1912
İstanbul, Ottoman Empire
Occupation Author

Ahmet Mithat (1844 – December 28, 1912) was an Ottoman journalist, author, translator and publisher during the Tanzimat period. In his works, he was known as Ahmet Mithat Efendi, to distinguish him from the contemporary politician Midhat Pasha. Ahmet Mithat Efendi took his name from Ahmed Şefik Midhat Pasha, as he worked for a time as an official and newspaper editor in Midhat Pasha's Vilayet of the Danube.

Politically, his orientation was more conservative, compared to writers such as Namık Kemal. He was a prolific writer, more than 250 of his works have survived. From 1878 on, he published the newspaper Tercüman-ı Hakikat (Interpreter of Truth).

His editorship and publication of Olga Lebedeva's translations of Russian literature into Turkish served as an introduction of Tolstoy, Lermontov and Pushkin to Turkey's readership.[1] In addition, he was a patron and teacher to Fatma Aliye, one of the most famous female Ottoman authors.

Early portrait

Bibliography

Novels

  • Hasan Mellâh yâhud Sır İçinde Esrar (1874)
  • Dünyaya İkinci Geliş yâhut İstanbul’da Neler Olmuş (1875)
  • Hüseyin Fellah (1875)
  • Felâtun Bey ile Râkım Efendi (1875)
  • Karı-Koca Masalı (1875)
  • Paris'de Bir Türk (1876)
  • Çengi (1877, oyun)
  • Süleyman Musûlî (1877)
  • Yeryüzünde Bir Melek (1879)
  • Henüz On Yedi Yaşında (1881)
  • Karnaval (1881)
  • Amiral Bing (1881)
  • Vah! (1882)
  • Acâib-i Âlem (1882)
  • Dürdâne Hanım (1882)
  • Esrâr-ı Cinâyât (1884)
  • Cellâd (1884)
  • Volter Yirmi Yaşında (1884)
  • Hayret (1885)
  • Cinli Han (1885)
  • Çingene (1886)
  • Demir Bey yâhud İnkişâf-ı Esrâr (1887)
  • Fennî Bir Roman Yâhud Amerika Doktorları (1888)
  • Haydut Montari (1888)
  • Arnavutlar-Solyotlar (1888)
  • Gürcü Kızı yâhud İntikam (1888)
  • Nedâmet mi? Heyhât (1889)
  • Rikalda yâhut Amerika'da Vahşet Âlemi (1889)
  • Aleksandr Stradella (1889)
  • Şeytankaya Tılsımı (1889)
  • Müşâhedât (1890)
  • Ahmed Metin ve Şîrzât (1891)
  • Bir Acîbe-i Saydiyye (1894)
  • Taaffüf (1895)
  • Gönüllü (1896)
  • Eski Mektûblar (1897)
  • Mesâil-i Muğlaka (1898)
  • Altın Âşıkları (1899)
  • Hikmet-i Peder (1900)
  • Jön Türkler (1910)

Stories

  • Kıssadan Hisse (1870)
  • Letâif-i rivayat (Notes: The first story in Turkish literature.)

References

  1. ^ Olcay, Türkan (2017). "Olga Lebedeva (Madame Gülnar): A Russian Orientalist and Translator Enchants the Ottomans". Slovo. 29 (2): 46–50. doi:10.14324/111.0954-6839.065.

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