Karen Blixen

1885 - 1962

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Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (born Dinesen; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962) was a Danish author who wrote 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. Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette's Feast. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karen Blixen has received more than 2,488,677 page views. Her biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Karen Blixen is the 157th most popular writer (up from 193rd in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 14th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Danish Writer.

Karen Blixen is most famous for her memoir, Out of Africa, which tells the story of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 73.95

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 70

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.76

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.41

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Manners and customs
11 short stories telling the stories of a struggling author, Danish country life, a brave Frenchwoman, a young sailor, a young married couple, a dreamer, and a wealthy child.
Gengældelsens veje
Adopted children
Seven Gothic tales
Out of Africa
Last Tales
Anecdotes of Destiny

Page views of Karen Blixens by language

Over the past year Karen Blixen has had the most page views in the with 325,822 views, followed by German (80,949), and Danish (63,263). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Wu Chinese (220.29%), Waray (208.70%), and Czech (206.05%)


Among writers, Karen Blixen ranks 157 out of 7,302Before her are Naguib Mahfouz, Annie Ernaux, Joseph Conrad, Catullus, Novalis, and Fernando Pessoa. After her are John the Evangelist, Terry Pratchett, Georges Simenon, Lucian, Heinrich Böll, and Menander.

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Among people born in 1885, Karen Blixen ranks 2Before her is Niels Bohr. After her are François Mauriac, György Lukács, Alban Berg, Albert Kesselring, George S. Patton, Umberto Nobile, Ezra Pound, Hermann Hoth, Karen Horney, and Julius Streicher. Among people deceased in 1962, Karen Blixen ranks 7Before her are Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hermann Hesse, Niels Bohr, Adolf Eichmann, and William Faulkner. After her are Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, Yves Klein, Gaston Bachelard, and Hans Luther.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Karen Blixen ranks 12 out of 1,032Before her are Haakon VII of Norway (1872), Ivar the Boneless (900), Cnut the Great (995), Asta Nielsen (1881), Frederick IX of Denmark (1899), and Björn Ironside (800). After her are Vitus Bering (1681), Gorm the Old (900), Christian VII of Denmark (1749), Margaret I of Denmark (1353), George I of Greece (1845), and Ole Rømer (1644).

Among WRITERS In Denmark

Among writers born in Denmark, Karen Blixen ranks 2Before her are Hans Christian Andersen (1805). After her are Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1857), Sigrid Undset (1882), Johannes V. Jensen (1873), Henrik Pontoppidan (1857), Sven Hassel (1917), Georg Brandes (1842), Tove Ditlevsen (1917), N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783), Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847), and Jussi Adler-Olsen (1950).