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Isak Dinesen

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Isak Dinesen is the pseudonym of Karen Blixen, born in Denmark in 1885. After her marriage in 1914 to Baren Bror Blixen, she and her husband lived in British East Africa, where they owned a coffee plantation. She was divorced from her husband in 1921 but continued to manage the plantation for another ten years, until the collapse of the coffee market forced her to sell the property and return to Denmark in 1931. There she began to write in English under the nom de plume Isak Dinesen. Her first book, and literary success, was Seven Gothic Tales. It was followed by Out of Africa, The Angelic Avengers (written under the pseudonym Pierre Andrézel), Winter's Tales, Last Tales, Anecdotes of Destiny, Shadows on the Grass and Ehrengard. She died in 1962.

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Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $16.00

Hauntingly evoked and sensuously realized, the five stories and novella collected here have the hold of "fairy stories read in childhood . . . of dreams . . . and of life as our dreams" (New York Times Book Review).

"[Dinesen's] imagination could visit, it seemed, any corner of European history and... Read more >
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Last Tales

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 1991
Price: $16.95

This is a collection of twelve of the last tales Dinesen wrote before her death in 1962. They include seven tales from Albondocani, a projected novel that was never completed; "The Caryatids," an unfinished Gothic tale of a couple bedeviled by an old letter and a gypsy's spell; and three tales... Read more >
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Last Tales

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 2011
Price: $12.99

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Out of Africa

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 5, 1992
Price: $22.00

In this book, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives: of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom: of her guests, from... Read more >
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Out of Africa
and Shadows on the Grass
Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $15.00

Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) left Denmark and sailed for East Africa to marry her Swedish cousin, Baron Bror Blixen. They bought a coffee plantation in Kenya and from 1914 to 1931 she managed it, even after she and her husband separated. Her account of those years is transformed by the magical... Read more >
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Out of Africa
and Shadows on the Grass
Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 18, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Seven Gothic Tales

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 1991
Price: $16.00

Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.


"These tales are a modern refinement of German romanticism...They are peopled, or haunted, by ghosts of... Read more >
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Seven Gothic Tales

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Winter's Tales

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $16.00

In Dinesen's universe, the magical enchantment of the fairy tale and the moral resonance of myth coexist with an unflinching grasp of the most obscure human strengths and weaknesses. A despairing author abandons his wife, but in the course of a long night's wandering, he learns love's true value and returns... Read more >
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Winter's Tales

Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2011
Price: $11.99

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