Anecdotes of Destiny by Isak Dinesen
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As a young woman early in this century, Karen Blixen -- whom we know as Isak Dinesen -- managed a 6,000-acre hill farm in Kenya where she was doctor, judge and friend to native Kikuyu and Masai who lived on her land.

In middle age, back in her native Denmark, Blixen turned to weaving what may be described as adventures of the mind.

 

About Isak Dinesen

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Isak Dinesen was born Karen Christentze Dinesen in Rungsted, Denmark on April 17, 1885. She studied English at Oxford University and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. During her lifetime, she wrote plays, short stories, novels, poetry, and nonfiction works. Her career as a writer spanned from 1907 to 1962. She was published in Danish under the name of Karen Blixen and in English under the pseudonym of Isak Dinesen. Her short story collections include Seven Gothic Tales, Winter Tales, and Last Tales. Her nonfiction book, Out of Africa, was published in 1937 and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Meryl Streep in 1985. She died of emaciation September 7, 1962.
 
Published December 1, 1975 by University Of Chicago Press. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Seven Gothic Tales set a mold from which it is difficult for Isak Dinesen to escape the demands and expectations of her readers.

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These two collections of Dinesen's tales feature her signature gothic style and romantic subject matter.

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