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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 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. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karen Blixen has received more than 2,102,788 page views. Her biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Karen Blixen is the 193rd most popular writer (up from 211th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 17th in 2019) and the 4th 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.

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Among writers, Karen Blixen ranks 193 out of 5,755Before her are Orhan Pamuk, Mario Vargas Llosa, Svetlana Alexievich, Quintilian, Snorri Sturluson, and Terence. After her are Lou Andreas-Salomé, Tristan Tzara, Ian Fleming, Osamu Dazai, Emily Dickinson, and Imre Kertész.

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

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Karen Blixen ranks 14 out of 893Before her are Vitus Bering (1681), Ole Rømer (1644), Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1857), Cnut the Great (995), Christian VII of Denmark (1749), and Sigrid Undset (1882). After her are Lili Elbe (1882), Margaret I of Denmark (1353), Frederick IX of Denmark (1899), Gorm the Old (900), George I of Greece (1845), and Sweyn Forkbeard (960).

Among WRITERS In Denmark

Among writers born in Denmark, Karen Blixen ranks 4Before her are Hans Christian Andersen (1805), Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1857), and Sigrid Undset (1882). After her are Henrik Pontoppidan (1857), Johannes V. Jensen (1873), Sven Hassel (1917), Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847), Georg Brandes (1842), N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783), Martin Andersen Nexø (1869), and Tove Ditlevsen (1917).