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Ihsan AbdelQuddous(Arabic: إحسان عبدالقدوس,Iḥsān ‘Abdal-Quddoūs)(January 1, 1919 – January 11, 1990) was an Egyptian writer, novelist, and journalist and editorin the Al Akhbar and Al-Ahramnewspapers. He is known to have written many novels that have been adapted infilms.
Early life andeducation
Abdel Quddous was born to a Muslim family of Turkish-Egyptian ancestry. His favoritehobby as a child was reading. At the age of eleven, he started writing shortstories and classical poems. Hisfather, Mohamed Abdel Quddous, an Egyptian theatreand film actor, motivated him to pursue a career in law. Ihsan graduated from law school in 1942and worked as a lawyer. He was, atthe beginning of his career, a trainee for the law firm of Edward Qussairi, afamous Egyptian lawyer. He wasalso an editor in Rosa al Youssef, a weekly magazine that hismother Fatima al Youssef (aka Rosa al Youssef)had founded.
Literary andjournalism career
In 1944, he started writing film scripts, shortstories, and novels. He laterleft his law career to focus on his literary career. A few years later, hebecame a distinguished journalist in the Al Akhbar newspaper, where he worked for eight years. He thenworked in the Al-Ahram newspaperand became its editor-in-chief.He often criticized important personalities, which got him imprisoned threetimes throughout his journalism career.
Ihsan regarded women as symbols ofsacrifice in the Egyptian society which was why women were the central theme ofhis literary works. His works influentially contributed to bring change in theconventional concepts in Egypt. Contraryto his literary works, he was a very conservative person. He was known to havea resisting personality and had been a strict husband and father in his house.He wrote more than 60 novels and collections of short stories. Of his novels,five were dramatized, nine were used as radio series scripts, ten had television miniseriesadaptations, and 49 had filmadaptations. His works have been translated to several foreignlanguages including the English,French, German, Ukrainian, and Chinese languages.Ihsan also co-founded the Egyptian Story Club.
Ihsan Abdel Quddous died onThursday January 12, 1990 after suffering from a stroke.
His son, Mohamed Ihsan Abdel Quddous,named after his grandfather, is a well-known journalist.
One of Ihsan's first articles wasan attack on the British Embassador, Lord KILLEARN. He won early fame bywriting articles exposing the government's role in providing the troops withdefective arms during the Palestine War for which he was imprisoned. Ihsan was jailedagain in 1954 after writing an article, "al-jam'iyya al-sir-riyya al-latitahkum Misr." revealing Nasir's machinations in the March Crisis. 
Awards and honors
Ihsan Abdel Quddous received hisfirst award for writing the novel My Blood, My Tears, My Smile in 1973.Two years later, in 1975, he received a Best Screenplay award for his novel TheBullet is Still in my Pocket. He was honored by the former Egyptianpresident Gamal Abdel Nasser with an Order of Merit of the First Class.Shortly after his death in 1990, the incumbent Egyptian president Hosni Mubarakhonored him with an Order of the Republic of the First Class.