Karen Blixen

Novelist, Author

1885 – 1962

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Who was Karen Blixen?

Karen von Blixen-Finecke, née Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish, French, and English.

Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures. Prior to the release of the first film, she was noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, for which she is also known in Denmark.

Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, described it as "a mistake" that Blixen was not awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature during the 1930s. She never did win, though she finished in third place behind Graham Greene in 1961, the year Ivo Andrić was awarded the prize.

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Born
Apr 17, 1885
Rungsted
Also known as
  • Pierre Andrezel
  • Isak Dinesen
  • Karen Christence Dinesen
  • Osceola
  • Pierre Andrézel
  • Karen von Blixen-Finecke
  • Tanne
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Nationality
  • Denmark
Profession
Lived in
  • Copenhagen
  • Nairobi
Died
Sep 7, 1962
Rungsted

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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