Karen Blixen went to Kenya in 1914 to run a coffee farm; its failure in 1931 caused her to return to Denmark where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. "Out of Africa" is a celebration of her life there; her friendship with the various people of the area and her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity. Although the book is pervaded by her sense of loss, Karen Blixen looks back with an unsentimental intelligence to portray a way of life that is now gone forever.
Isak Dinesen was the pen-name of Karen Blixen, who was born in Denmark in 1885. After studying art around Europe she married her cousin and together they moved to Kenya to manage a coffee plantation. After their divorce she continued to run the plantation until she was forced to return to Demark in 1931. Her debut publication was Seven Gothic Tales (1934) followed by Out of Africa (1937). Other works include: Winter's Tales (1942) and The Angelic Avengers (1946). Baroness Blixen died in 1962.