Reşat Ekrem Koçu


Reşat Ekrem Koçu

Infobox Writer
name = Reşat Ekrem Koçu
birthdate = 1905
birthplace = Istanbul, Turkey
deathdate = July 6, 1975
deathplace = Istanbul, Turkey
occupation = Writer, Poet, Scholar
nationality = Turkey
influences = Ahmet Refik Altınay
influenced = Orhan Pamuk

Reşat Ekrem Koçu (1905-1975) is a Turkish historian and writer mostly known for his work "İstanbul Ansiklopedisi".

Biography

He was born in İstanbul. After completing his high school education in Koçu Bursa Erkek Lisesi, he studied history at İstanbul University, where he later on functioned as a researcher. After 1933, he assumed duties teaching history at Kuleli, Pertevniyal and Vefa high schools. He also published various poems, stories and novels during his teaching years.

Orhan Pamuk acknowledges this literary person as a source of his inspirations during childhood years, devoting a whole section to Koçu in his work .

Works

His best known work is the "İstanbul Ansiklopedisi"; an encyclopedia where he describes the city of İstanbul in many different aspects, often resorting to stories related to Ottoman times. He could not complete this work though, being interrupted due to financial problems at 11th volume.

His other works include "Forsa Halil" (1962), "Patrona Halil" (1967), "Erkek Kızlar" (1962), "Haşmetli Yosmalar" (1962), "Türk Giyim, Kuşam ve Süsleme Sözlüğü" (1967), "Osmanlı Padişahları" (1960) and "Eski İstanbul’da Meyhaneler ve Meyhane Köçekleri" (1947).

External links

* [http://www.ata.boun.edu.tr/chronology/kim_kimdir/resatekrem_kocu.htm] Brief biography of Koçu (Turkish)


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