Karen Blixen


Born
in Rungsted, Zealand, Denmark
April 17, 1885

Died
September 07, 1962

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Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke - wrote as Isak Dinesen, Pierre Andrézel, other pseudonyms: Tania Blixen, Osceola, etc.
A Danish writer, who mixed in her work supernatural elements, aestheticism, and erotic undertones with an aristocratic view of life, Blixen always emphasized that she was a storyteller in the traditional, oral sense of the word. She drew her inspiration from the Bible, the Arabian Nights, the works of Homer, the Icelandic Sagas, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, who was her great fellow countryman. She wrote in English and in Danish.

Baroness Karen Blixen was born in Rungsted, Denmark, into a well-to-do patrician family. She was the daughter of Ingeborg Westenholz Dinesen, and the writer and a
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Average rating: 4.01 · 49,971 ratings · 2,871 reviews · 124 distinct works
Out of Africa

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3.96 avg rating — 28,385 ratings — published 1937 — 180 editions
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Babette's Feast

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On Modern Marriage, And Oth...

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From the Ngong Hills

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Il pranzo di Babette e La s...

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Karen Blixen I Danmark: Bre...

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Spøgelseshestene

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The Ring

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Sete Contos Góticos Vol. II

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Vintereventyr

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More books by Karen Blixen…
“I know of a cure for everything: salt water...in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”
Karen Blixen

“Do you know a cure for me?"

"Why yes," he said, "I know a cure for everything. Salt water."

"Salt water?" I asked him.

"Yes," he said, "in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”
Isak Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa

Polls

February 2016 Revisit the Shelf-Reread Poll

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  26 votes, 16.6%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  18 votes, 11.5%

1980, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages
 
  14 votes, 8.9%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  14 votes, 8.9%

 
  13 votes, 8.3%

1899, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 200 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.6%

1960, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 324 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.6%

1932, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 268 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.6%

1847, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 507 pages
 
  10 votes, 6.4%

 
  10 votes, 6.4%

1937, Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, 399 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.7%

 
  7 votes, 4.5%

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