Isak Dinesen


Born
in Rungsted, Denmark
April 17, 1885

Died
September 07, 1962

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Pseudonym used by the Danish author Karen Blixen.

Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (Danish: [kʰɑːɑn ˈb̥leɡ̊sn̩]; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), born Karen Christentze Dinesen, was a Danish author, also known by the pen name Isak Dinesen, who wrote works in Danish, French and English. She also at times used the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola, and Pierre Andrézel.
Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award-winning motion pictures. She is also noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, particularly in Denmark.

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Out of Africa

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Seven Gothic Tales

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Babette's Feast

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Letters from Africa, 1914-1931

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More books by Isak Dinesen…
“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”
Isak Dinesen

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea”
Isak Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales

“It is a good thing to be a great sinner. Or should human beings allow Christ to have died on the Cross for the sake of our petty lies and our paltry whorings”
Isak Dinesen

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November Revisit the Shelf

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851, 225 pages, Group read: 2011
 
  79 votes, 26.1%

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 1958, 209 pages, Group read: 2015
 
  77 votes, 25.4%

Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1853, 1017 pages, Group read: 2016
 
  71 votes, 23.4%

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, 1937, 399 pages, Group read: 2012
 
  46 votes, 15.2%

The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, 1958, 319 pages, Group read: 2015
 
  30 votes, 9.9%

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