Writer and critic (b. 1928 -officially 1927-, Erzincan – d. 2 June 1993, Sivas). He attended the Erzincan High School (1945) and graduated from İstanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Turkish Language and Literature (1950). He worked for a company in İstanbul and retired.
He entered the world of literary through his political articles, which appeared in the newspaper Gerçek in 1950. Until 1959, he used the pen names Fikret Arıel and Halis Acarı. Soon after 1960, he published his articles under his real name in newspapers and magazines such as Yeni Ufuklar, Ataç, Halkın Dostları, Militan, Politika, Dönem, Yön, Soyut, Papirüs, Yeni Edebiyat, De, Halkın Dostları, Yeni a, Yeni Ortam, Dönemeç, Yazko Edebiyat. He also used the pen names A. Toplumcu and Bülent Arıel. He is known for his research and appraisals on literary periods and individuals. He was regarded as the “most appreciated of living critics” by the magazine Otağ in 1963 and by the readers of the magazine Yeni Dergi in 1968. He was given the Ferit Oğuz Bayır Thought and Art Award in 1989 with his book Rıfat Ilgaz (Rıfat Ilgaz). He died at the fire at the Hotel Madımak in Sivas in 1993. The book Asım Bezirci’ye Saygı Kitabı (Respect to Asım Bezirci) was published by his fans posthumously (1993). He supported the idea of objective and scientific criticism.
CRITICISM-RESEARCH-STUDY: Çok Kapılı Oda (The Room with Many Doors, 1961), Edip Cansever (Edip Cansever, an appraisal on the Turkish poet, 1961), Günlerin Getirdiği Götürdüğü (The Things the Days Brought and Took from Us, 1962), Bilimden Yana Sosyalizme Doğru (Towards Socialism from the Aspect of Science, 1963), Abdülhak Hamit ve Tarık / yahut Endülüs’ün Fethi (Abdülhak Hamit and Tarık / or the Conquest of Spain, 1966), Okudukça (As Long as We Read, 1967), Orhan Veli Kanık (Orhan Veli Kanık, 1967), Ahmet Haşim (Ahmet Haşim, 1967), Nurullah Ataç (Nurullah Ataç, 1968), Dünden Bugüne Türk Şiiri (Turkish Poetry in the Past and Present, 1968), Metin Eloğlu (Metin Eloğlu, 1971), On Şair On Şiir (Ten Poets, Ten Poems, 1971), Seçme Romanlar (Selected Novels, together with R. Taner, 1973), İkinci Yeni Olayı (The Case of the Second New Movement, 1974), Sabahattin Ali (Sabahattin Ali, 1974), Nazım Hikmet ve Seçme Şiirleri (Nazım Hikmet and His Selected Poems, 1975), Halk, Sosyalizm, Kültür ve Edebiyat (People, Socialism, Culture and Literature, 1979), 1950 Sonrasında Hikâyecilerimiz (Our Storywriters After 1950), Seçme Hikâyeciler (Selected Storywriters, with R. Taner, 1981), Orhan Kemal (Orhan Kemal, 1984), Pir Sultan (Pir Sultan, 1986), Halkımızın Diliyle Barış (Peace in the Language of Our People, 1987), Şairlerimizin Diliyle Barış (Peace in the Language of Our Poets, 1987), Türk-Yunan Dostluk ve Barışı (Turkish-Greek Friendship and Peace, 1987), Otuz Beş Yaş – Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı / Bütün Şiirleri (The Age of Thirty-Five - Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı / All Poems, 1988), Rıfat Ilgaz (Rıfat Ilgaz, 1988), Deyimlerimizin Sözlüğü (The Dictionary of Our Idioms, 1990), Oktay Akbal (Oktay Akbal, 1991), Türk Halk Şiiri (Turkish Folk Poetry, 1993), Temele Gül Dikenler (Those Planting Roses in the Foundations, 1997), Güle Dil Verenler (Those Who Make the Rose Speak, about 13 poets, 1998), Nezihe Meriç (Nezihe Meriç, 1999), Abdülhak Hamit-Bütün Eserleri (Abdühak Hamit-Collected Works, 2001).
ANTHOLOGY: Dünden Bugüne Türk Şiiri (Turkish Poetry from the Past to Present, 5 volumes, 1- Halk Şiiri (Folk Poetry), 2- Divan Şiiri (Divan* Poetry), 3- Yeni Şiir (Contemporary Poetry), 4- Yeni Şiir (Contemporary Poetry), 5- Yeni Şiir (Contemporary Poetry), edited by Kemal Özer, 2002).