Isak Dinesen

Isak Dinesen (ē´säk dē´nəsən), pseud. of Baroness Karen Blixen, 1885–1962, Danish author, who wrote primarily in English. In 1914 she married Baron Blixen and went to live in British East Africa, on a coffee plantation. She was divorced in 1921 and took over the management of the plantation where she lived until 1931, when falling coffee prices forced her to return to Denmark. From her experiences she wrote her autobiographical Out of Africa (1937), which became a successful film. Dinesen is best known for her tales, many of which have eerie, supernatural elements. Her works include Seven Gothic Tales (1934), Winter's Tales (1943), Last Tales (1957), and Anecdotes of Destiny (1958). Writing despite severe illness, Dinesen finished the African sketches Shadows on the Grass in 1960.

See her Letters from Africa, 1919–1931 (1981); biography by P. Migel (1967) and studies by E. O. Johannesson (1961), R. W. Langbaum (1964), F. Lasson and C. Svendson (1970), D. Hannah (1971), J. Thurman (1982), and B. Wamberg, ed. (1985).

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Isak Dinesen: Selected full-text books and articles

Isak Dinesen: The Life and Imagination of a Seducer By Olga Anastasia Pelensky Ohio University Press, 1991
Manichean Aesthetics: The Politics of Literature in Colonial Africa By Abdul R. Janmohamed University of Massachusetts Press, 1983
Librarian's tip: "Isak Dinesen: The Generation of Mythic Consciousness" begins on p. 49
Images of Truth: Remembrances and Criticism By Glenway Wescott Harper & Row, 1962
Librarian's tip: Chap. Six "Isak Dinesen, the Storyteller"
A History of Danish Literature By Sven H. Rossel University of Nebraska Press, 1992
Librarian's tip: Discussions of Karen Blixen begin on p. 375 and p. 404
The Devil's Advocates: Decadence in Modern Literature By Thomas Reed Whissen Greenwood Press, 1989
Librarian's tip: Includes discussion of Isak Dinesen in multiple chapters
Women in Twentieth-Century Literature: A Jungian View By Bettina L. Knapp Pennsylvania State University Press, 1987
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Isak Dinesen's 'Peter and Rosa': An Alchemical Transfiguration from Fixatio to Solutio"
"After You, Baroness!" Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) By Juncker, Clara The Hemingway Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 2016
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Self-Invention in Isak Dinesen's "The Deluge at Norderney" By Trousdale, Rachel Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 74, No. 2, Summer 2002
"Deeper Down in the Domain of Human Hearts": Hope in Isak Dinesen's Babette's Feast By Mullins, Maire Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 2009
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry By Whit Burnett Dial Press, 1950
Librarian's tip: "Isak Dinesen" begins on p. 862
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Great World Writers: Twentieth Century By Patrick M. O'Neil Marshall Cavendish, vol.3, 2004
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