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front al- whorn ess unca- am "Good most en- who Tales grows to Isak Dinesen Comes to U.S. TpMake Educational Films law';of .this country permits a man 'who contracts to delive Isak' Dinesen, famed Danish author,: arrived in'New York last week for her first visit to this country.; Her trip, arranged bv is .Fund. for the Advancement f: Education, is. under the au- pices of the Encyclopedia Bri' jjj ' to '· ' .to- While here Miss Dinesen will make-a series i..;' jased upon some of the tales rcim her .various works lor cue tritannic'a educational film - ser- es. Miss Dinesen'also will speak e^ore the Institute of Contemp- rary.;Art and be'i honored at a inner given by the Academy-of Vrts and Letters late in January. In' 1934, when' Isak Dinesen's irst book was published in this puntry, though her editor, ,Robrt Haas of,Random.House, rec- gnized that her talent was inique v and of extraordinary " quality, the .most he hoped for was a success d'estime. 'ln- tead. Seven Gothic Tales was .hbsen as a B6ok-of-the . Month *club selection and overnight became a best seller. Dorothy Can- jeld Fisher, speaking for the Book'-of-the-Month' Club Board of a long Vermont; ago them, . a t said: " than its chair ing- bit when- mater 'for He .instance, which forth with ' into · ISAK DINESEN Judges, said of Seven Gothic series of vigorously presented, outrageously -unexpected, sometimes i horrifying, but perfectly real human beings . . . laps you-will allow me, press wit: .tha Monthly jyp- were .Per- - . as a Vermonter, to fall back on the New England language of understatement as my final report on these stories, and assure'you that in my opinion it will be worth your while to read them." , AT, THAT TIME all that was mown/ about the'pseudonymous sak .Dinesen was that he--or.she --was a Continental European, writing in .English though '.that was nor native la his p e n / a n d that he'did.iiot wish" his'identity revealed. In spit .of the success of .Seven Gothic Tales,, the. author wjas 'still..determined to avoid any publicity and' for months she' managed to preserve ler anonymity,'- but finally , the pressure of readers' curiosity became so great, the secret had to come out.. Only' then was it revealed that Isak Dinesen was not, u her name.suggested, a man, out Baroness Karen .Blixen . of Rungstedland, Denmark. -.'The Baroness comes.of an old Danish,, country family, . and in writing she is carrying,. on its tradition -for .her father--born Isak. Dinesen--who before her had. made a considerable contribution to .Danish .literature. He served as an army officer in more" than · one war,, and' later, tired of fighting, went to America and lived for some years as a" trapper with the Pawnee In- diaps in. Minnesota. On his re turn jo Denmark he .wrote two bonks under the pen-name o Boganls, .as he had been callei by friends. ' In-1940, Miss;DInesen marrie her cousin, Baron 'Blixen, ant went,with him to British Eas Africa; where they established and .'successfully operated' a coffee plantation. In 1921, the) wen divorced, but she continued th* plantation .for nother ten years, until the-cbl- spse of the coffee market forced er to sell her property and re- urn to Denmark. Her second xxk, Out of Africa, recorded many-of her experiences in the olony, was again a selection of le. Book-of-the-Month club, and gain was received with enthu- lasm by like. critics and readers EVER SINCE her return ·' in )31, Miss Dinesen has lived' a fe of seclusion. Sometimes t) et relief from household respon- ibilities so .that'she can write without interruption, she stays rith kinsfolk'in an unused wing f some famous old manor--she s related, by birth or-marriage, o half the noble families s of Denmark., Sometimes she slips way to an obscure village Inn o do her writing. There, incog- Ito, she enjoys the. conversation of provincial commercial (ra- elers and Ihe companionship of ight and nine-year-bid, school- »ys, with whom she play? cards or imaginary high stakes.' . For many years,, she ,has de- lined Invitations to .visit thi* :ountry. Finally Alvin Eiirich, lirector of the ;Fund for the Advancement - of' Education, a philanthropic 'organization es- abllshed by the : Ford Founda- ion, successfully persuaded her o make the trip by. pointing oul low valuable her filmed' talks would be to'educational Ins'titu- ions the world over. Besides Seven Gothic Tales and hit of Africa, Miss Dinesen is he author 6f Winter's Tales, also a Book-ol-the-Mpnth-'Olub selection, Last Tales and the recently published Anecdotes of estuty. If is not generally known that she has used still another jen-name-rPierre Andrezel-rbut in-this case from motivesV. of maintaining her privacy than" to employ her great literary gifts to thwart and taunt the oppressors of her native land. In 1944, as Pierre Andreiel she published The ApceHe Avcagert, a novel which on one level told a fascinating story of mystery, adventure and young love, and oa an- oranges to deliver orange julc insteid, and'get away with it." "It wasn't all orange juice, m Lord. There were some oranges, ."Only about a tenth of the tola quantity. 7 If you came back fro' :he-greengrocer with one oran| out of ten, what d'you think you wife would say if you^xplaim that the : other nine had leake through the bag?" "Fortunately, my Lord, or u: fortunately, I am in your Lord ship's happy position, and couldn't happen to me." ' .''Well, if you had a wife, what d'you suppose she'd say? She'd send back for, the other nine, wouldn't she?" '.'But in that case, my Lord, there would have been no special contract between me and the greengrocer," , : "Special contractl They bought oranges. You might just as well say that a contract to deliver butter can be fulfilled by the delivery of soap.'-' "With respect, no, my Lord. If your Lordship said milk, and cheese, that'-would be. a closer analogy." . "All right, I'll accept your suggestion, A contract to supply milk. The milk has turned to cheese on delivery. Cannot the auyer complain?" AND SO ON, ad infinitum. It? There are four mortal pages of this -- a case that "took days before the arbitrator, came to the High Court, up to the of!Appeal, back to the arbitrator 'of another three days/' etc., etc. There are eight'pages of patient, a bored debate with a witness who objects, on principle, to taking an oath; on the ninth-page you and the judge find he was :alied by accident. There Is endlessly more, all confidingly offer- id as entertainment. Nonsense ibt, one wonders what readers England will think of It as a picture of British courts. on jy Ho a he \ --SHEPPAHD BUTLER UB Professor Plans Spring Publication Dr. Milton Milhauser, associate professor of English at the University of Bridgeport, has completed arrangements with the Wesleyan University Press for the publication of a book "Just Before Darwin," . basec on his doctoral dissertation. The book is scheduled to appear this spring. ' · Two items have been recently published by Dr. Milhauser: a story, "Wheelhorses," in the cur rent issue of the A.A'.U.P. Bullet In and an article, "Advice to Son, or the'Linguistics of Sub urbia," In the January, 195 issue of the English Journal. Dr. Milhauser resides at IOC Carylnn drive, Fail-field. other was a bold and total con demnation of the Nazi conquer ors in whose power Denmar then lay ,helples(. Only after had been published in America making the fourth time one o her books had been chosen as Book-of-rhe-Month ' club »e|ec o, was Mitt Dinesen's author p revealed.

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