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Isak Dinesen
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    (April 17, 1885-September 7, 1962)
    Born in Rungsted, Denmark
    Birth name was Karen Dinesen
    Baroness von Blixen-Finecke
    Wrote 'Seven Gothic Tales' (1934), 'Out of Africa' (1937), 'Winter's Tales' (1942), 'The Angelic Avengers' (1947) and 'Last Tales' (1957)
    After contracting syphilis from her husband, Baron Bror von Blixen, she wrote, 'It may be beastly to say, but gaining a title was worth it.'
    She chain smoked.
    She was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature without winning.
    She helped hide Jews during the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
    The film adaptation of 'Out of Africa' won the Oscar for Best Picture (1986) and the film of her short story 'Babette's Feast' won the Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar (1988).
    After he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, Ernest Hemingway said, 'I would have been happy - happier - today if the Prize had gone to that beautiful writer Isak Dinesen.'

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