Boer Novelist, South Africa

Boer Novelist, South Africa

In 1931 Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) moved back to Denmark from Africa to live with her mother. There she took up again the writing career that she had begun, but abandoned, in her youth. In 1934 she published a fiction collection, Nine Tales, now known as Seven Gothic Tales, and in 1937 she published her Kenyan memoir, Out of Africa. The book’s title was likely derived from the title of a poem, Ex Africa, she had written in 1915, while recuperating in a Danish hospital from her fight with syphilis.