Carnival

Overview

Carnival is an animated collection of works from every stage of Isak Dinesen's career. Many were written during her most creative years but set aside; others she wrote "just for entertainment." The collection includes "Second Meeting," her last work, and the title story, the first written under her now-famous pen name. None of these stories has previously appeared in book form in English. Three of them were translated especially for this collection by P. M. Mitchell and W. D. Paden.

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Overview

Carnival is an animated collection of works from every stage of Isak Dinesen's career. Many were written during her most creative years but set aside; others she wrote "just for entertainment." The collection includes "Second Meeting," her last work, and the title story, the first written under her now-famous pen name. None of these stories has previously appeared in book form in English. Three of them were translated especially for this collection by P. M. Mitchell and W. D. Paden.

"The editors have included only material that will stand easily with her more familiar work and satisfy her large following. . . . The rough drafts and variant treatments have been set aside for scholars."—Joseph McLellan, Washington Post

"The wit, the imagination, the elevated philosophical dialogue mark most of the stories in this volume as vintage Dinesen . . . of special interest to Dinesen fans."—Robert Langbaum, New York Times Book Review

A reissue of the book that inspired the critically acclaimed movie version. Set in Africa, it is the story of Dinesen's years in Africa--together with Shadows on the Grass.

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Editorial Reviews

Joseph McLellan
The editors have included only material that will stand easily with her more familiar work and satisfy her large following….The rough drafts and variant treatments have been set aside for scholars.
Washington Post
Robert Langbaum
The wit, the imagination, the elevated philosophical dialog mark most of the stories in this volume as vintage Dinesen…of special interest to Dinesen fans.
New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226153049
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1979
  • Pages: 345
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Isak Dinesen was the pen name of Baroness Karen Blixen of Rungstedlund (1885-1962). Also available from the University of Chicago Press are Letters from Africa, 1914-1931 and Daguerreotypes and Other Essays, both by Isak Dinesen, and Frans Lasson's The Life and Destiny of Isak Dinesen.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Frans Lasson
The de Cats Family
Uncle Theodore
Carnival
The Last Day
Uncle Seneca
The Fat Man
Anna
The Ghost Horses
The Proud Lady
The Bear and the Kiss
Second Meeting

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