from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Dinesen, Isak Pen name of Baroness Karen Blixen. 1885-1962. Danish writer who lived in Kenya from 1914 to 1933 and is best known for her memoir Out of Africa (1937).

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  • n. Danish writer who lived in Kenya for 19 years and is remembered for her writings about Africa (1885-1962)


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  • Thanks in no small measure to the narratives of Ernest Hemingway and Isak Dinesen, the prewar aura that had engulfed the safari endured for decades.

    The English Is Coming!

  • But what we do have is a study of the process of ageing, fading powers, doubt, disappointment and loss that will come to most of us if we stay the course, and a stunning performance from Meryl Streep to set alongside her Isak Dinesen and Julia Child.

    The Iron Lady – review

  • Isak Dinesen, who wrote Out of Africa, once said, "All sorrows can be borne if we put them in a story or tell a story about them."

    An Interview with Sue Monk Kidd

  • Do you see the Precious Ramotswe books within the context of the tradition of the classic African novel of writers like Isak Dinesen and Chinua Achebe?

    Q&A with Alexander McCall Smith

  • André Previn's "The Giraffes Go To Hamburg" sets a rueful Isak Dinesen portrait of two giraffes, trapped on a steamer, leaving Africa forever for a German zoo.

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow

  • With Dinesen, I was finally able to approach Out of Africa after falling in love with some of her short stories, then reading around in the Thurman biography of her.

    The Outsider and the Idea of Africa

  • So part of me is right there with Ngugi calling it a dangerous book, mostly because of the way it was used to perpetuate a view of "Africa" that is not only pernicious but very seductive ... and part of me finds everything about Dinesen and her efforts to represent the Africa in her mind really interesting in its complexities and paradoxes.

    The Outsider and the Idea of Africa

  • In contrast to the movie, however, which focuses on her affair with Denys Finch Hatton, Dinesen makes clear in her writings that her greatest love was Africa.

    Women Farmer Writers

  • I know of three famous women writers who were also independent farmers: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953), Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), and Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) (1885-1962).

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Dinesen had written Seven Gothic Tales in English, and the book made her famous in the United States and England.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » In a Hurry


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