Karen Blixen

Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (born Dinesen; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962) was a Danish author who wrote works in Danish and English. She is also known under her pen names Isak Dinesen, used in English-speaking countries, Tania Blixen, used in German-speaking countries, Osceola, and Pierre Andrézel.

Karen Blixen
Blixen in 1957
BornKaren Christenze Dinesen
17 April 1885
Rungsted, Zealand, Denmark
Died7 September 1962(1962-09-07) (aged 77)
Rungsted, Zealand, Denmark
Pen nameIsak Dinesen, Tania Blixen
OccupationWriter
LanguageEnglish, Danish
Notable worksOut of Africa, Seven Gothic Tales, Shadows on the Grass, Babette's Feast

Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award–winning motion pictures. She is also noted, particularly in Denmark, for her Seven Gothic Tales. Among her later stories are Winter’s Tales (1942), Last Tales (1957), Anecdotes of Destiny (1958) and Ehrengard (1963).[1]

Blixen was considered several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, though wasn't awarded because judges were reportedly concerned about showing favoritism to Scandinavian writers, according to Danish reports.[2]