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The Quiet Revolutionary

Patriot, poet, playwright, journalist, historian, exile, prisoner, four times provincial governor and founder of the movement which led to the Young Turks… the life of Namık Kemal was all action and incident. Osman Streater assesses his forebear’s pivotal role in the development of modern Turkey

My great-great-grandfather Namık Kemal, born in 1840, lived only until 1888 but managed to pack a huge amount into those years. An early starter in most things, he wrote his first beyt (rhyming couplet) at thirteen. Married at seventeen, he entered the Translation Bureau of the Sublime Porte. By twenty-three, writing prolifically, he was a journalist on the newspaper Tasvir-í Efkár.
In 1865 his daughter Feride was born; she was later to marry my great-grandfather Menemenlizáde Rifat Bey.

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