Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy birthday, Isak Dinesen

It is the birthday of Danish writer Isak Dinesen (1885), who is best remembered for her novel Out of Africa (1937), based on her experience of starting a coffee plantation with her husband in Kenya in 1914. In 1925, she divorced her husband after he was unfaithful. She developed a relationship with an English big game hunter who lived with her when he wasn't on safari. The hunter died in 1931 when his biplane crashed. The plantation failed and Dinesen (whose real name was Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke), moved back to Denmark. Out of Africa was adapted for film in 1985. Meryl Streep played her and Robert Redford played her lover. Dinesen also wrote Seven Gothic Tales (1934). Her short stories Babette's Feast and The Immortal Story were adapted for film as well.

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