Türklerin Sherlock Holmes'ü Amanvermez Avni
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The subject matter of this thesis is Türklerin Sherlock Holmes’ü Amanvermez Avni, a series of ten detective stories by Ebussureyya Sami which were published between the years 1913-1914. It is the first of the series of detective stories published in the pre-Republic period. The aim of the thesis is to demonstrate to what extent those stories are original. As the name ‘Sherlock Holmes’ were taken as a reference in the title of the series, they have been compared with the stories of Sherlock Holmes, a series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, published between the years 1887-1977. Through this comparison, the differences and similarities between the stories, characters and the crime detection methods used have been revealed. Besides, the general characteristics of the stories of Türklerin Sherlock Holmes’ü Amanvermez Avni have been examined to show that to what extent they are successful as being detective stories. In conclusion, it has been seen that they are original stories although they were inspired, to some extent, by the stories of Sherlock Holmes. And the similarities were incorporated into the atmosphere and structure of the stories, achieving different and original characteristics. On the other hand, Amanvermez Avni is an original character who differs from Sherlock Holmes with his character traits and with the crime detecting methods he used. Furhermore, the stories have been seen to be successful to a great extent when they are evaluated in themselves as being detective stories.