Writer (b. 1890, İstanbul– d. 9 January 1945, İstanbul). He graduated from Eğrikapı Central Secondary School and the Military School for the Training of Clerks. He worked as a clerk at the General Staff Office (1906) and as an officer at the Inspectorate of the Engineer Corps. (1909). Osman Cemal, who was the clerk of mobile divisions during World War I, became ill and retired disabled (1917) and after retiring, worked in several different jobs to supplement his income. After the Republic he worked as a teacher at İstanbul İmam Hatip High School (1925), Çemberlitaş Secondary School (1931) and Fener Rum High School for Girls (1932-45). He died after an operation in Guraba Hospital where he was diagnosed as having tuberculosis and cancer. He is buried in Ortakçılar Graveyard.
His first article was published in a humorous paper Eşek run by Baha Tevfik in 1910 and then he published his own humorous paper and also wrote humorous articles in Aydede, Güleryüz and Akbaba and stories in Sabah, İkdam, Cumhuriyet newspapers. In his works he followed the style of Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar and Ahmet Rasim and he became known by his success in bringing to life the lives of people living on the outskirts of İstanbul. Also he is known for playing roles in many old Turkish open-air theatrical productions and with his close interest in theatre and in play writing. With his most famous work Çingeneler (Gypsies, a novel) he received a placing in 1942 in the Republican People's Party Novel Competition. In 2003, his four books were republished together in one volume.
SHORT STORY: Eşkıya Güzeli (Beautiful Bandit, 1925), Sandalım Geliyor Varda (My Boot is Coming, Look Out! 1938).
NOVEL: Çingeneler (Gypsies, 1939), Bekri Mustafa (Alcoholic Mustafa, 1944), Aygır Fatma (Stallion Fatma, 1944), Akşamcılar (Workers of the Nightshift, not published but serialized in Açıkgöz newspaper), Kavuk Palas (Hiding Palace Hotel, first appeared in Son Telgraf, with the name of Secret of Hiding place Hotel, 2003).
PLAY: İstanbul Revüsü (İstanbul Revue, staged at the Ferah Theatre, 1925), Mezarlık Kızı (Graveyard Girl, 1927), Bana Benziyor mu? (Does It Look Like Me, staged at the İstanbul Municipal City Theatre, 1928), Üfürükçü (Sorcerer, published, 1939; performed 1949).
RESEARCH: İstanbul’da Semai Kahveleri ve Meydan Şairleri (Minstrels in Coffee Houses and the Poets of the Squares of İstanbul).
DICTIONARY: İstanbul Argosu Lugati (Dictionary of the Slang of İstanbul).
MEMOIR: Akşamcılar- Eski bir Akşamcının Defterinden (Workers of the Nightshift-From the notebook of an Old Nightshift Worker, 2003).