Winter's Tales

ISBN-10: 0679743340
ISBN-13: 9780679743347
Edition: N/A
Authors: Isak Dinesen
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Description: In Isak Dinesen's universe, the magical enchantment of the fairy tale and the moral resonance of myth coexist with an unflinching grasp of the most obscure human strengths and weaknesses. A despairing author abandons his wife, but in the course of a  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

In Isak Dinesen's universe, the magical enchantment of the fairy tale and the moral resonance of myth coexist with an unflinching grasp of the most obscure human strengths and weaknesses. A despairing author abandons his wife, but in the course of a long night's wandering, he learns love's true value and returns to her, only to find her a different woman than the one he left. A landowner, seeking to prove a principle, inadvertently exposes the ferocity of mother love. A wealthy young traveler melts the hauteur of a lovely woman by masquerading as her aged and loyal servant. Shimmering and haunting, Dinesen's Winter's Tales transport us, through their author's deft guidance of our desire to imagine, to the mysterious place where all stories are born.

Born Christentze Dinesen on April 17, 1885, in Rungsted, Denmark, Isak Dinesen is known for her plays, short stories, novels, and poetry. She was considered by many to be Denmark's greatest lyric poet. She also produced a widely read autobiography and memoirs. Dinesen studied English at Oxford University, 1904 and painting at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, and in Paris and Rome. Dinesen's career as a writer spanned from 1907 to 1962. She was published in Danish under the name of Karen Blixen and in English under the pseudonym of Isak Dinesen. Her short story collections include Winter Tales (1942) and Last Tales (1957). Novels inspired by her experiences in Africa include Out of Africa (1937) and Shadows in the Grass (1960). Actress Meryl Streep portrayed Dinesen in the Oscar-winning film Out of Africa, which was adapted from her work in 1985. Isak Dinesen died of emaciation September 7, 1962, in Rungsted.

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