Writer (B. February 22,
1912, St. Petersburg / Russia- D. 1992, Ankara). She is the daughter of Sadri Maksudi Arsal
(1880-57), writer and lawyer. She studied her primary education in
In 1941, she became the
French Literature assistant at the Faculty of Language History and Geography, she
became associate professor in 1943. She worked as the lecturer in
She learned French during her childhood years so it was like her native language, she wrote poems in French during her pupilage. Her literature critics and memories were published in Cumhuriyet newspaper (1946-56) and Hisar journal (1975-80), her scientific articles about prehistory and ancient history, were published in Belleten journal of Turkish History Association. She has a published work about Mallarmé in French and some other works about Etruscans. Writer was close to literature and art communities, her father had friends from science and literature circles, she was known by the conversations about literature and art in her house, her works are valuable for the history of literature.
“She wrote documental articles with a sensitive, grace and elegancy of a lady, about the famous novelists, poets and script writers of Turkish literature. She used the memories and wrote them from her objective. For her…culture can be constructed on legacy of past. Our old poems, old music and old point of view make us who we are. We must be proud of them. Let the Western societies not understand and embrace us. The main reason holds us behind is trying to imitate the Western societies since the Reforms.” (Şener Öztop)
RESEARCH: Yahya Kemal’in Fikir ve Şiir Dünyası (1979).
MEMOIR: Böyle İdiler Yaşarken (1984), Atsız’dan Adile Ayda’ya Mektuplar (1989) Bir Demet Edebiyat (1998).
BIOGRAPHY: Sadri Maksudi Arsal (1991).
REFERENCE: Hisar’dan Biyografiler (Hisar dergisi, September 1976), Âdile Ayda, Batı’yı Taklit Etmemeliyiz (Hisar, January-February 1979), Âdile Ayda / Yahya Kemal’in Fikir ve Şiir Dünyası (1979), Sermet Sami Uysal / Yeni Yahya Kemal (Varlık, February 1980), Atsız’dan Adile Ayda’ya Mektuplar (1989), Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (ed.18 1999), TBE Ansiklopedisi (vol. 1, 2003), İhsan Işık (TEKAA, 2009).