Yeditepe (Turkish: Seven Hills) was a literary magazine which was published in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1950 to 1984 with a five-year interruption. Its title was a reference to both Istanbul and seven arts or traditional subdivision of the arts.[1] It was one of the opposition media outlets in the 1950s[2] and also, an influential literary magazine during its run.[3]

Editor-in-chiefHüsamettin Bozok
CategoriesLiterary magazine
  • Biweekly
  • Monthly
PublisherYeditepe Publications
FounderHüsamettin Bozok
First issue1 April 1950
Final issue1984
Based inIstanbul

History and profile


The first issue of Yeditepe appeared in Istanbul on 1 April 1950.[1] The founder and editor of the magazine was Hüsamettin Bozok.[4] It was established based on the literary tradition of the Varlık magazine, but it focused more on the social side of literature.[5]

Yeditepe was published by a company with the same name which was also owned by Bozok.[3][4] It was started as a four-page biweekly literary journal, and from 1951 its page number was expanded, but its frequency was redesigned as a monthly.[1] The magazine began to appear on a biweekly basis from 1952.[1]

Major contributors of Yeditepe included Orhan Kemal, Yaşar Kemal, Samim Kocagöz, Melih Cevdet Anday, Oktay Rifat, Edip Cansever, and Adnan Özyalçıner.[1] Cemal Süreya's poem Gül (Turkish: Rose) written in a new poetic style was first featured in the magazine.[2] It was the only magazine which published poems of the Garip movement, also known as the First New Movement, and also of the Second New Movement.[1] In Yeditepe various short stories were published.[1] There were frequent articles on existentialism in the magazine between 1960 and 1970 when this philosophical approach was extremely popular in Turkey.[6] The magazine also reported news about art galleries and exhibitions.[7]

Yeditepe ceased publication in 1974 and was restarted in 1979.[4] The magazine permanently folded due to financial problems in 1984 after producing a total of 439 issues.[4]

A poetry prize with the same name was awarded by Hüsamettin Bozok between 1955 and 1967 and between 1976 and 1984.[4]


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  2. ^ a b Kenan Behzat Sharpe (2021). "Poetry, Rock 'n' Roll, and Cinema in Turkey's 1960s". Turkish Historical Review. 12 (2–3): 358, 361. doi:10.1163/18775462-bja10028. S2CID 245625176.
  3. ^ a b Cangül Örnek (2013). "'The Populist Effect':Promotion and Reception of American Literature in Turkey in the 1950s". In Cangül Örnek; Çağdaş Üngör (eds.). Turkey in the Cold War. Ideology and Culture (1st ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 153. doi:10.1057/9781137326690_7. ISBN 978-1-137-32669-0.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Hüsamettin Bozok" (in Turkish). Türk Edebiyatı İsimler Sözlüğü. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  5. ^ Kemal H. Karpat (1960). "Social Themes in Contemporary Turkish Literature: Part I". The Middle East Journal. 14 (1): 38. JSTOR 4323199.
  6. ^ Ayşenaz Cengiz (2020). "The Journey of Sartrean Existentialism into Turkey". In Alfred Betschart; Juliane Werner (eds.). Sartre and the International Impact of Existentialism. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 233. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-38482-1_12. ISBN 978-3-030-38482-1. S2CID 219100035.
  7. ^ Başak Önsal (2006). Emergence of art galleries in Ankara: a case study of three pionerring galleries in the 1950s (Master of Science thesis). Middle East Technical University. p. 78. hdl:11511/16593.