[POLITICAL JUDGMENTS ABOUT SHAKESPEARE] Vilyem Sekspiyer. [i.e. William Shakespeare].

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CENAP SAHABETTIN, (1870-1934)., Kanaat Kütüphanesi, Istanbul, 1931.

Contemporary black cloth with ownership gilt on spine. Original cover saved inside. Roy. 8vo. (24 x 17,5 cm). In Turkish (Modern). 194 p., richly illustrated. Worn at spine, otherwise a good copy.

Rare first Turkish edition of this comprehensive biography of Shakespeare printed in the very early Republican period of Turkey, criticized for making political judgments about Shakespeare.

Cenap Sahabettin [or Cenâb Sehâbeddîn] was a Turkish poet and writer. He was one of the leading representatives of Servet-i Fünûn literature. He is known as one of the main figures, accepted as an authority, in various fields of literature, especially poetry, through his writing activities starting from 1895 and persisting until his death. He was among those who made the biggest innovations after Abdülhak Hâmid in Turkish poetry, which developed under the influence of Western literature after Tanzimat (Ottoman Reform period). Sahabettin who was born and raised in a family closely interested in literature, was under the influence of Muallim Naci and Seyh Vasfi when he was fifteen or sixteen, and prepared and compiled their ghazals. His first poem was a ghazal and was published in the newspaper Saadet in 1885, while he was still a student. Later, the verse form of nineteen poems he wrote became ghazals.

Two copies in OCLC, in only Turkish libraries (Koç Uni. and Bogaziçi Uni.): 862262035, 1030107285.