Karen Blixen
Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (kʰɑːɑn ˈb̥leg̊sn̩), (17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), née
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Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish
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 author also known by her pen name
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 Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish
Danish language
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, French
French language
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 and English
English language
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Blixen is best known for Out of Africa
Out of Africa
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, her account of living in Kenya
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, and one of her stories, Babette's Feast
Babette's Feast
Babette's Feast is a 1987 Danish film directed by Gabriel Axel. The film's screenplay was written by Axel based on the story by Isak Dinesen , who also wrote the story which inspired the 1985 Academy Award winning film Out of Africa...

, both of which have been adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures.

I have a feeling that wherever I may be in the future, I will be wondering whether there is rain at Ngong.

Letter to her mother (26 February 1919)

Man reaches the highest point of lovableness at 12 to 17 — to get it back, in a second flowering, at the age of 70 to 90.

Shadows on the Grass (1960)

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.

As quoted in obituaries (7 September 1962)

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.

As quoted in Reader's Digest (April 1964) Variant: I know a cure for everything. Salt water ... in one form or another, sweat, tears or the salt sea.

It is little silly to be a caricature of something of which you know very little, and which means very little to you, but to be your own caricature — that is the true carnival!

Carnival: Entertainments and Posthumous Tales (1971)

Real art must always involve some witchcraft.

Letters from Africa: 1914-1931 (1981) edited by Frans Lasson, translated by Anne Born.

I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.

As quoted in Voices: A Memoir (1983) by Frederic Prokosch|Frederic Prokosch