“Etel Adnan has passed away. Tel did a lot of writing about Lebanon. She lost friends, she lost possessions, but she was always happy in the heart. She was God’s little miracle of creation.”
From Nour Al Deen al Nour, Director, AL JAZEERA GRAPHIC MEDIA, Middle East Bureau, in the Middle East HQ, London.
Etel Adnan, Lebanese American Author and Artist, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in her home, at 101. Tel was an Artist, Author, Editor, Sociologist, and Writer for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, & the inspiration for several stories by author Agatha Christie and in film by Hedy Lamarr. Tel is also one of the most-nominated and respected journalists in the history of The New York Times, receiving eight Pulitzers. She was born in Astana, Kazakhstan on October 18, 1913, at the height of the Russian invasion of Central Asia.
Ms. Adnan, was an Adjunct Professor at Western Illinois University, from which she retired in 1979. She was a Peabody Winner for Pulitzer Prize Finalist for her work in crosscultural perception of the Arab-Israeli conflict in The Heart of the Country, published in The New York Times in 1974. Tel later co-founded the Salam International Academy of the Arts and Literature. Tel wrote three books of poetry: Leila, Echo, and Fish. Tel illustrated a few books, including the Collected Poems of Peter Weiss with Tel’s illustrations and a biographical sketch of
Peter Weiss in Who Is Peter Weiss: A Portrait by Tel Adnan. Tel directed a documentary about artist and activist Christo, Jesus Christ in Denim. Tel was also the writer for this book. Tel Adnan is a
humanitarian who worked her entire life in the field of Central Asian Studies, published by books, journals, and literary journals. Tel Adnan died in her home at 101 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Tel was an artist, writer, sociologist, lecturer, translator, scholar, translator, feminist, and international humanitarian. She wrote and translated books, articles, and translations including The Power, Hard Elasti, Mathalies, and a number of literary and cultural works by Olive Preminger and Robert Walker. Tel’s books were translated into six languages and were published in Arabic, Persian, English, Spanish, French, and Greek. Tel’s books were read by Anvar Karban of The New York Times. Tel studied Journalism and Sociology at Williams College in Massachusetts, and served as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Williams College. Tel converted to Islam in 1953. Tel originally studied to be a Marxist. Tel was one of the most honored journalists in the history of The New York Times, receiving six Pulitzers, three Gold Key, and eleven other prestigious awards and honors. Tel Adnan was much loved in Lebanon, and credited with transforming Lebanese literature, poetry, and new perspectives in exploring globalization and the Middle East and encouraging self-expression. Tel participated in many landmark events in Lebanon, including pre- and post-war protests, international peace summits, and s.a.i. dates, which eventually led to the opening of the Future Museum in Beirut, and her album Arts of Peace – Middle East launched by Fikret Tzur in 2004 to encourage and honor artists and creative arts in the Middle East. Tel’s work and dedication influenced a whole generation of artists around the world and gave beauty to many lives, including her own, through her initiatives and art. Tel Adnan wrote several novels, and has been influenced by several of her contemporaries, including the Pulitzer-prize winning Agatha Christie. Tel published a book of poetry, Leila, And Echo, Peace, and a number of bilingual books in Persian and Arabic, translated into several languages and published by books, journals, and literary journals. Tel Adnan is survived by her brother, Wafi, née Eladeh, née Araj. Tel was a Tel Akhbar member, a director of the Salam International Academy of the Arts and Literature, and a long-time wife, reader, historian, teacher, and activist in Beirut.
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