Autograph letter signed 'Celâl Nuri'
CELÂL NURI [ILERI], (Turkish writer, journalist, politician, intellectual, traveler), (1881-1938).
Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi Letterhead, Ankara, 1927.
Sent to an unnamed recipient who is talked to 'mükerrem büyük üstâdim' [i.e. my respectful great master] by Celâl Nuri. He mentions "the law of our master" and including its positive critiques. And he says that he doesn't like the writings including Abdülhak Hamid's scripts as well [.] He goes on he wrote something in a letter about [Süleyman] Nazif and he sent. Letter includes 18 lines. Dated Ankara - April 18, 1927. In Ottoman script. 1 p. Celâl Nuri Ileri was a Turkish journalist, writer, politician, intellectual. It is one of the important figures of the transition period from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. As a deputy of Gallipoli, he was a politician who took part in the Ottoman Parliament in the last period and then became a deputy in the first 4 periods of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. Celal Nuri, a journalist, and an intellectual who has gained an important place in the history of Turkish thought by publishing around 50 books and more than 2200 articles was the owner of the "Ileri" [i.e. Further] newspaper that supported the National Struggle in Anatolia after the First World War. He became one of the intellectual architects of the new republic with his ideas as one of the important representatives of the westernist stream of thought. In his works he conveyed the ideas of some materialist, positivist thinkers; meanwhile, he was criticized for some thoughts about religion. He had many pen fights both before and after the republic. He had discussions with Ziya Gökalp, Ahmet Agaoğlu, and Ali Kemal.