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 ˈbleɡsn]; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), born Karen Christenze 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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3.96 avg rating — 30,101 ratings — published 1937 — 209 editions
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Out of Africa / Shadows on ...

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Seven Gothic Tales

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Babette's Feast

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3.83 avg rating — 2,829 ratings — published 1958 — 49 editions
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Winter's Tales

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Babette's Feast and Other A...

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Shadows on the Grass

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Letters from Africa, 1914-1931

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Anecdotes of Destiny and Eh...

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Last Tales

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4.10 avg rating — 397 ratings — published 1957 — 31 editions
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More books by Isak Dinesen…
“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”
Isak Dinesen

“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

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

Polls

May 2017 Short Story Poll

 
  73 votes, 22.9%

Night by Elie Wiesel, 120 pages, 1958
 
  45 votes, 14.1%

 
  38 votes, 11.9%

 
  23 votes, 7.2%

First Love by Ivan Turgenev, 124 pages, 1856
 
  19 votes, 6.0%

Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesen, 54 pages, 1958
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

 
  16 votes, 5.0%

The Garden Party and Other Stories Title Story by Katherine Mansfield, very few pages, 1922
 
  14 votes, 4.4%

 
  14 votes, 4.4%

Passing by Nella Larsen, 122 pages, 1929
 
  12 votes, 3.8%

R.U.R. by Karel Čapek, 58 pages, 1920
 
  12 votes, 3.8%

 
  12 votes, 3.8%

Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 88 pages, 1872
 
  10 votes, 3.1%

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick, 69 pages, 1989
 
  8 votes, 2.5%

 
  7 votes, 2.2%

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