Married to a man she didn't love and in love with another, Karen Blixen sat down to write "a little piece" to clarify for herself the position of human love in relation to modern marriage. Thus Isak Dinesen and brilliant work were born.
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Dinesen wrote this essay in 1923 as a long letter to her brother Thomas. Only when love rules can one talk of real marriage, she argued. She had been reading Shaw, particularly his prefaces, and the essay is definitely Shavian in tone, though it lacks Shaw's brilliant logic, depth of argument, and wit. In fact, it is uneven and rather forced. Yet it gives a philosophical background to Dinesen's life (in 1923 her marriage to Bror Blixen was shaky and she had already met and fallen in love with English aristocrat/adventurer Denys Finch Hatton) and work, especially her Out of Africa (Random, 1938) and her short story collections Winter's Tales (Random, 1942) and Shadows on the Grass (Random, 1961). The afterword is excellent. Recommended for special collections. Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
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Book Description St Martins Pr, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312584431