Adalet Ağaoğlu for her book “A Romantic Vienna Summer”
The selection committee for the 1997 Aydın Doğan Award included Vedat Günyol, Adnan Benk, Cevat Çapan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nüket Esen, Talat S. Halman, Doğan Hızlan, Zeynep Kerman, Fethi Naci, Zeynep Oral, Şara Sayın and Prof. Dr. Tahsin Yücel.
Adalet Ağaoğlu was born in Nallıhan in 1929. She graduated from the Department of French Language and Literature of the Ankara University Faculty of Language, History and Geography. She focused on theatre and radio work in the 1950s and 1960s. One of the radio plays she wrote, “Living,” was broadcast on French Radio. She won the 1974 TDK Theatre Award for her work “Three Plays” that consisted of three short plays. Starting with her first novel published in 1973, “Lying Down To Die”, each piece of her work has been subject to intense controversy. This novel was later turned into a trilogy along with “A Wedding Night” (1979, Orhan Kemal Novel Gift, Madaralı Novel Award and Sedat Simavi Foundation’s Literature Award) and “No” (1987).
In 1991, Ağaoğlu was deemed worthy of Is Bank’s Grand Prize for her book “Too Far – Too Close”. In 1992, a play she wrote in her youth, “Wall Story,” resurfaced. Ağaoğlu published Collected Plays in 1996 and collected her essays and articles in books entitled “In Passing” (1996), “Encounters” (1993) and “Other Encounters” (1996).