skip to content
The power of Aries : myth and reality in Karen Blixen's life Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The power of Aries : myth and reality in Karen Blixen's life

Author: Anders Westenholz
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
In 1913, Karen Blixen left her childhood home in Denmark to live on and manage her family's coffee farm in the vast wilderness of East Africa. Blixen recorded her daily life there in letters to her family and, after returning to Denmark, wove her experiences into fiction that she published under the name Isak Dinesen. This body of work revealed not only Blixen's keen insight into human nature but her gift as a  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Biography
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Isak Dinesen; Isak Dinesen; Isak Dinesen; Tania Blixen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anders Westenholz
ISBN: 0807112615 9780807112618
OCLC Number: 13945293
Notes: Translation of: Kraftens horn.
Description: 127 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Translator's note --
The power --
The farm in Africa --
The demonic puppet player --
The divine powers --
The snob --
The father image --
The writer and reality --
Writing and reality --
Literature list.
Other Titles: Kraftens horn.
Responsibility: Anders Westenholz ; translated from the Danish by Lise Kure-Jensen.

Abstract:

In 1913, Karen Blixen left her childhood home in Denmark to live on and manage her family's coffee farm in the vast wilderness of East Africa. Blixen recorded her daily life there in letters to her family and, after returning to Denmark, wove her experiences into fiction that she published under the name Isak Dinesen. This body of work revealed not only Blixen's keen insight into human nature but her gift as a storyteller as well. In The Power of Aries: Myth and Reality in Karen Blixen's Life, Anders Westenholz likens Blixen's creative powers to the power invested in the ram, the symbol of Aries, the sign of the zodiac under which Blixen was born. The author asserts that the power Blixen possessed -- or was possessed by -- was so strong that it influenced her personal relationships, her writing, and her ability to weather severe adversity in the 20 years she spent in Africa. Westenholz, the son of a cousin to Karen Blixen and the grandnephew of Blixen's uncle, Aage Westenholz, who provided the primary financing for the family's African enterprise, includes in his study previously unpublished correspondence between Blixen and and her uncle. These letters illuminate Blixen's relationship with her family and friends and reveal her determination to succeed, despite constant financial hardship. Westenholz also asserts that it was not the ultimate loss of the farm or the loss of her friend Denys Finch Hatton that made a writer of Blixen; rather, it was through her friendships and her occupation as manager of the farm that she developed her creative power. In this work, Westenholz also offers an examination of Blixen's snobbishness, which he maintains was an essential part of her personality. He recalls events in her life that account for this character trait and describes its manifestation in her writing and her personal life. Westenholz concludes his study by addressing the myth that writers, in order to reach artistic greatness, must renounce "real life." According to Westenholz, Blixen did much to perpetuate the myth that she had to isolate herself from life in order to write. However, he believes that for Blixen, life was art. He lays to rest many of the myths that surround this enigmatic writer -- both those that she herself created and those that others helped sustain. He draws a different and fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily strong personality, a woman who despite great adversity realized a dream far beyond reasonable expectations. - Jacket flap.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13945293> # The power of Aries : myth and reality in Karen Blixen's life
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   bgn:translationOfWork <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/13945293#CreativeWork/unidentifiedOriginalWork> ; # Kraftens horn.
   library:oclcnum "13945293" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/lau> ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Place/baton_rouge> ; # Baton Rouge
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/kenya_intellectual_life_20th_century> ; # Kenya--Intellectual life--20th century
   schema:about <http://viaf.org/viaf/121643918> ; # Isak Dinesen
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/821923> ; # Authors, Danish
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/dinesen_isak_homes_and_haunts_kenya> ; # Dinesen, Isak--Homes and haunts--Kenya
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/authors_danish_biography_20th_century> ; # Authors, Danish--Biography--20th century
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Place/kenya> ; # Kenya
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/975769> ; # Intellectual life
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1208718> ; # Kenya.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Event/1900_1999> ; # 1900-1999
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/dinesen_isak_correspondence> ; # Dinesen, Isak--Correspondence
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/839.81372/e19/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/kenya_description_and_travel> ; # Kenya--Description and travel
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/authors_danish_20th_century> ; # Authors, Danish--20th century
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Person/blixen_tania> ; # Tania Blixen
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Person/dinesen_isak_1885_1962> ; # Isak Dinesen
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1353235> ; # Homes
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1155558> ; # Travel
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/authors_danish_correspondence_20th_century> ; # Authors, Danish--Correspondence--20th century
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:copyrightYear "1987" ;
   schema:creator <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Person/westenholz_anders> ; # Anders Westenholz
   schema:datePublished "1987" ;
   schema:description "In 1913, Karen Blixen left her childhood home in Denmark to live on and manage her family's coffee farm in the vast wilderness of East Africa. Blixen recorded her daily life there in letters to her family and, after returning to Denmark, wove her experiences into fiction that she published under the name Isak Dinesen. This body of work revealed not only Blixen's keen insight into human nature but her gift as a storyteller as well. In The Power of Aries: Myth and Reality in Karen Blixen's Life, Anders Westenholz likens Blixen's creative powers to the power invested in the ram, the symbol of Aries, the sign of the zodiac under which Blixen was born. The author asserts that the power Blixen possessed -- or was possessed by -- was so strong that it influenced her personal relationships, her writing, and her ability to weather severe adversity in the 20 years she spent in Africa. Westenholz, the son of a cousin to Karen Blixen and the grandnephew of Blixen's uncle, Aage Westenholz, who provided the primary financing for the family's African enterprise, includes in his study previously unpublished correspondence between Blixen and and her uncle. These letters illuminate Blixen's relationship with her family and friends and reveal her determination to succeed, despite constant financial hardship. Westenholz also asserts that it was not the ultimate loss of the farm or the loss of her friend Denys Finch Hatton that made a writer of Blixen; rather, it was through her friendships and her occupation as manager of the farm that she developed her creative power. In this work, Westenholz also offers an examination of Blixen's snobbishness, which he maintains was an essential part of her personality. He recalls events in her life that account for this character trait and describes its manifestation in her writing and her personal life. Westenholz concludes his study by addressing the myth that writers, in order to reach artistic greatness, must renounce "real life." According to Westenholz, Blixen did much to perpetuate the myth that she had to isolate herself from life in order to write. However, he believes that for Blixen, life was art. He lays to rest many of the myths that surround this enigmatic writer -- both those that she herself created and those that others helped sustain. He draws a different and fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily strong personality, a woman who despite great adversity realized a dream far beyond reasonable expectations. - Jacket flap."@en ;
   schema:description "Translator's note -- The power -- The farm in Africa -- The demonic puppet player -- The divine powers -- The snob -- The father image -- The writer and reality -- Writing and reality -- Literature list."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/7907039> ; # Kraftens horn.
   schema:genre "Records and correspondence"@en ;
   schema:genre "Biography"@en ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:name "The power of Aries : myth and reality in Karen Blixen's life"@en ;
   schema:productID "13945293" ;
   schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/13945293#PublicationEvent/baton_rouge_louisiana_state_university_press_1987> ;
   schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Agent/louisiana_state_university_press> ; # Louisiana State University Press
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780807112618> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/13945293> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Agent/louisiana_state_university_press> # Louisiana State University Press
    a bgn:Agent ;
   schema:name "Louisiana State University Press" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Person/blixen_tania> # Tania Blixen
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Blixen" ;
   schema:givenName "Tania" ;
   schema:name "Tania Blixen" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Person/dinesen_isak_1885_1962> # Isak Dinesen
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1885" ;
   schema:deathDate "1962" ;
   schema:familyName "Dinesen" ;
   schema:givenName "Isak" ;
   schema:name "Isak Dinesen" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Person/westenholz_anders> # Anders Westenholz
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Westenholz" ;
   schema:givenName "Anders" ;
   schema:name "Anders Westenholz" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/authors_danish_biography_20th_century> # Authors, Danish--Biography--20th century
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Authors, Danish--Biography--20th century"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/authors_danish_correspondence_20th_century> # Authors, Danish--Correspondence--20th century
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Authors, Danish--Correspondence--20th century"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/dinesen_isak_correspondence> # Dinesen, Isak--Correspondence
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Dinesen, Isak--Correspondence"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/dinesen_isak_homes_and_haunts_kenya> # Dinesen, Isak--Homes and haunts--Kenya
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Dinesen, Isak--Homes and haunts--Kenya"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/kenya_description_and_travel> # Kenya--Description and travel
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Kenya--Description and travel"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/7907039#Topic/kenya_intellectual_life_20th_century> # Kenya--Intellectual life--20th century
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Kenya--Intellectual life--20th century"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1155558> # Travel
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Travel"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1208718> # Kenya.
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Kenya." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1353235> # Homes
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Homes"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/821923> # Authors, Danish
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Authors, Danish"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/975769> # Intellectual life
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Intellectual life"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/121643918> # Isak Dinesen
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1885" ;
   schema:deathDate "1962" ;
   schema:familyName "Dinesen" ;
   schema:givenName "Isak" ;
   schema:name "Isak Dinesen" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/7907039> # Kraftens horn.
   schema:name "Kraftens horn." ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780807112618>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "0807112615" ;
   schema:isbn "9780807112618" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.