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Şinasi

Şinasi

The first great Turkish journalist, and the distinguished name of Tanzimat literature.

He started to work as the editor of the newspaper "Tercüman-ı Ahval" in 1860. Şinasi who presented his progressive ideas in a western style at the first privately owned paper of Turkey, is also the first editorial writer of this country.

His play, "Şair Evlenmesi", which is considered the first significant step of the Turkish theater, was also published in this paper.

He started to publish another paper, called "Tasviri-Efkar" on June 28, 1862. With it he has given the most progressive and the best example of journalism for those times, where he touched upon every social problem. He collected his poems in a volume titled "Müntehabat-ı Eş'ar". Another volume called "Durub-ı Emsal" is the first book of proverbs published in this country, which was true to appropriate form.