Folklorist (b. 2 September 1907, Darıdere / Komotini / Greece – d. 16 March 1998, İstanbul). He attended the Mudurnu (Bolu) Primary School, the French College of Kumkapı (1924), the İstanbul High School for Boys (1927), and graduated from İstanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Turkish Language and Literature (1930). He worked as an assistant at the Institute of Turkey, and as a teacher of literature at the Konya High School and Teacher Training School (1932 –36). He was sent to Germany on a state scholarship, and he became a library staff at the Faculty of Public Administration. Later on, he became an associate professor at the Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography (1938) and was promoted to professorship in 1946. After he was dismissed from the university in 1948, he moved to the United States and worked at Stanford University. He continued his studies in France after 1952.
He collected fairy tales and folk stories on his travels to various regions of Anatolia when he was in Turkey. His studies and essays were published in the reviews Yurt ve Dünya (1941 – 44, 42 issues) and İnsan, which he published in collaboration with Behice Boran, and in some other newpapers. He shared the Sedat Simavi Literature Award with Haldun Taner in 1983, with his book Folklor ve Edebiyat (Folklore and Literature).
Köroğlu Destanı (The Epic of Köroğlu, 1931), Folklor ve Edebiyat (Folklore and Literature, 1939; expanded edition in two volumes, 1982-83), Bey Börek Hikâyesine Ait Metinler (The Texts about the Story of Bey Börek, 1939), Halk Edebiyatı Dersleri I (The Courses of Folk Literature I, 1942), İzahlı Halk Şiiri Antolojisi (The Anthology of Folk Poetry with Explanations, in collaboration with H. V. Fıratlı, 1943), Folklor ve Edebiyat II (Folklore and Literature II, 1945; expanded edition 1983), Pir Sultan Abdal (in collaboration with A. Gölpınarlı, 1943), Halk Hikâyeleri ve Halk Hikâyeciliği (The Folk Stories and Folk Story Writing, 1946; new edition 1988), Typen Türkisher Volksmarchen (in collaboration with W. Eberhard, Germany, 1953), Contes Turcs (France, 1955), Zaman Zaman İçinde (Time Within Time, repartees and fairy tales, 1958), Az Gittik Uz Gittik (We Travelled Over Hill and Dale, essays and fairy tales, 1969), 100 Soruda Halk Edebiyatı (The Folk Literature in 100 Questions, 1973), 100 Soruda Türk Folkloru (The Turkish Folklore in 100 Questions, 1973), Nasrettin Hoca (Nasreddin Hoca, in French, in collaboration with İlhan Başgöz, 2003).
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