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Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1992.
Series: Modern library of the world's best books.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Modern Library edView all editions and formats
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In this book, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives; of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom; of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her; of primitive festivals; of big game that were her near neighbors--lions,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Isak Dinesen; Isak Dinesen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Isak Dinesen
ISBN: 0679600213 9780679600213
OCLC Number: 25747758
Notes: Series statement from jacket.
Originally published: London : Putnam, 1937. With new biographical note.
Description: xv, 399 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: I. Kamante and Lulu : The Ngong farm ; A native child ; The savage in the immigrant's house ; A gazelle --
II. A shooting accident on the farm : The shooting accident ; Riding in the reserve ; Wamai ; Wanyangerri ; A Kikuyu chief --
III. Visitors to the farm : Big dances ; A visitor from Asia ; The Somali women ; Old Knudsen ; A fugitive rests on the farm ; Visits of friends ; The noble pioneer ; Wings --
IV. From an immigrant's notebook : The wild came to the aid of the wild ; The fireflies ; The roads of life ; Esa's story ; The iguana ; Farah and the merchant of Venice ; The élite of Bournemouth ; Of pride ; The oxen ; Of the two races ; A war-time safari ; The Swaheli numeral system ; "I will not let thee go except thou bless me" ; The eclipse of the moon ; Natives and verse ; Of the millennium ; Kitosch's story ; Some African birds ; Pania ; Esa's death ; Of natives and history ; The earthquake ; George ; Kejiko ; The giraffes go to Hamburg ; In the menagerie ; Fellow-travellers ; The naturalist and the monkeys ; Karomenya ; Pooran Singh ; A strange happening ; The parrot --
V. Farewell to the farm : Hard times ; The death of Kinanjui ; The grave in the hills ; Farah and I sell out ; Farewell.
Series Title: Modern library of the world's best books.
Responsibility: Isak Dinesen.
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In this book, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives; of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom; of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her; of primitive festivals; of big game that were her near neighbors--lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes--and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful. The Random House colophon made its debut in February 1927 on the cover of a little pamphlet called "Announcement Number One." Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, the company's founders, had acquired the Modern Library from publishers Boni and Liveright two years earlier. One day, their friend the illustrator Rockwell Kent stopped by their office. Cerf later recalled, "Rockwell was sitting at my desk facing Donald, and we were talking about doing a few books on the side, when suddenly I got an inspiration and said, 'I've got the name for our publishing house. We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random. Let's call it Random House.' Donald liked the idea, and Rockwell Kent said, 'That's a great name. I'll draw your trademark.' So, sitting at my desk, he took a piece of paper and in five minutes drew Random House, which has been our colophon ever since." Throughout the years, the mission of Random House has remained consistent: to publish books of the highest quality, at random. We are proud to continue this tradition today. This edition is set from the first American edition of 1937 and commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of Random House.

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