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Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (April 17, 1885 – September 7, 1962), nιe Dinesen, was a Danish author also known under her pen name Isak Dinesen. Blixen wrote works both in Danish and in English.
She is best known, at least in English, for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which were adapted into highly acclaimed motion pictures.

In 1914 Karen Dinesen married her Swedish cousin, Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke, and the couple moved to Kenya, where they operated a coffee plantation. Initially life in Africa for the pair was blissful as Karen wrote, "Here at long last one was in a position not to give a damn for all conventions, here was a new kind of freedom which until then one had only found in dreams!" Bror, however, was a womanizer and frequently away for long periods on safaris or military campaigns. It was during this period (1915-1916) that Karen may have contracted syphilis from Bror, although this continues to be disputed by those who believe she may have had inherited the disease through her father, since neither Bror nor any of his known mistresses suffered from it. The Blixens separated in 1921 and were divorced in 1925.

During this time she met and fell in love with English big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton, with whom she lived from 1926 to 1931. She was pregnant by him at least twice but suffered a miscarriage both times, likely due to her already fragile health. Their intimate but sometimes volatile relationship, compounded by Finch Hatton's later death in a plane crash in 1931 and the failure of the coffee plantation (due partly to the world-wide Depression), took their toll. She was forced to abandon her beloved farm and leave Africa for good in 1931.

Source of inforamtion: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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