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Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller
     

Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller

by Judith Thurman
 

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With exceptional grace, Judith Thurman's classic work explores Isak Dinesen's life - her privileged but unhappy childhood in Denmark, her marriage to Baron Blixen and their immigration to Africa on the eve of World War I, and her passionate affair with Denys Finch Hatton. Until the appearance of this book, the life and art of Dinesen have been - as Dinesen herself

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With exceptional grace, Judith Thurman's classic work explores Isak Dinesen's life - her privileged but unhappy childhood in Denmark, her marriage to Baron Blixen and their immigration to Africa on the eve of World War I, and her passionate affair with Denys Finch Hatton. Until the appearance of this book, the life and art of Dinesen have been - as Dinesen herself wrote of two lovers in a tale - "a pair of locked caskets, each containing the key to the other." Judith Thurman has provided the master key to them both.

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“This, like the best biographies, is a book in which the reader can live.” —Margaret Drabble, The New York Times Book Review

“Splendid, inestimably valuable . . . I cannot imagine that it will be supplanted. Right now it is the essential book on Isak Dinesen.” —Chicago Tribune Book World

“Absorbing biography . . . This is a gothic tale worthy of the author of Seven Gothic Tales.” —Victoria Glendinning, The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312902025
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/01/1985
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Judith Thurman, critic and biographer, won the National Book Award and two foreign literary prizes for her work. The author of Cleopatra's Nose, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October 2007, and Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, she is a staff writer at The New Yorker and lives in New York City.

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