Poet and writer (b. 1870, Manastır / Greece - d. 13 February 1934, İstanbul). He wrote under the pen names Ahmet Peyman, Dahhâk-i Mazlum, Dahhâk-i Zalim and Raik Vecdi. He attended primary school at Tophane Feyziye School and Eyüp Military High School. After finishing Military Medical School (1888), he continued his studies in Paris for four years (1890-94). After returning to Turkey, he first worked at Haydarpaşa Military Hospital for a while and then transferred to the Quarantine Administration. He served in several cities such as Mersin, Rhodes and Jeddah as a quarantine doctor. He officially retired during the first days of World War I.
He first gave lectures on French and then History of Turkish Literature at İstanbul University. He had to give up his work as a lecturer at İstanbul University because of his opposition to the National Struggle. In his later years, he only concerned himself with art. He is buried in Bakırköy Cemetery.
He was among the important poets of the Servet-i Fünûn* with his poems influenced by French symbolism.
POETRY: Tamat (Nonsense Words, first poems), Cenap Şehabettin, Hayatı ve Eserleri (Cenap Şehabettin, Life and Works, prepared by S. N. Ergun, 1934), Cenab Şahabetin'in Bütün Şiirleri (Cenap Şehabettin, All Poems, prepared by M. Kaplan İ. Enginün, B. Emil, N. Birinci with A. Uçman, 1984).
PLAY: Yalan (The Lie, 1911), Körebe (Blind Man’s Buff, 1914), Merdut Aile (Rejected Family), Küçük Beyler (Small Gentlemen), Derse Devam Edelim (Let’s Continue the Lesson).
OTHER WORKS: Hac Yolunda (On the Way to Pilgrimage, travel literature, 1909), Avrupa Mektupları (Letters from Europe, travel literature, 1919), Evrak-ı Eyyam (Calendar, 1915), Nesr-i Harb ve Nesr-i Sulh, Tiryaki Sözleri (The Prose of War and the Prose of Peace, the Words of Addicts, epigrams, 1918), Kadı Burhaneddin (Kadı Burhaneddin, monograph, 1922), Shakespeare (Shakespeare, monograph, 1934), İstanbul'da Bir Ramazan (A Ramadan in İstanbul, 1994).
REFERENCE: Mehmet Kaplan / Cenab Şahabeddin’in Şiirlerinde Ses ve Musiki (Türk Dili ve Edebiyatı Dergisi, c. 7, sayı: 1-1, 1956), Mücellidoğlu Ali Çankaya / Yeni Mülkiye Tarihi ve Mülkiyeliler (c. 2, 1968), Kenan Akyüz / Modern Türk Edebiyatının Ana Çizgileri (1969), Cenab Şahabeddin’in Bütün Şiirleri (Haz. Mehmet Kaplan ve İ. Enginün – B. Emil – N. Birinci – A. Uçman / 1984), Mehmet Can Doğan / Başkasına Çalışan Şiir: Evrâk-ı Leyâl (Virgül, sayı: 52, Haziran 2002), Bilge Ercilasun / Büyük Türk Klasikleri (c. 9, 2004), İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) – Ünlü Edebiyatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 4, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013).