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Out of Africa (Modern Library Series)
Isak Dinesen
0679600213
September 1992
Hardcover
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Lynne Auld
From 1914 to 1931, Danish aristocrat Baroness Karen Blixen owned and operated a coffee plantation in Kenya. After the plantation failed, she returned to Europe and began to write under the pen name Isak Dinesen. Out of Africa reads like a collection of stories in which she adheres to no strict chronology, gives no explanation of the facts of her life, and apologizes for nothing. First published in 1937, Out of Africa is not free of the colonial or racist attitudes of its time; yet, within that context, Isak Dinesen is an enlightened observer and participant as she describes the experience of British East Africa before World War II. She portrays in rich detail the vast land around her, alive with strange and wonderful human populations; the thrilling terror of a nocturnal...


Scandinavian Modern Furnishing, 1930-1970: Designed for Life (Schiffer Book for Designers and Collectors)
Michael Ellison, Leslie A. Pina
0764314920
February 2002
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
These three books together provide a look at 20th-century modernist design, from accessories to furniture to homes. Beginning with early modernist design, Hoban covers pre-World War II, mid-century, pop, and postmodern interior and personal accessories, such as ceramics, glass, textiles, jewelry, and graphic design. She emphasizes furniture and includes information on a selection of designers and design movements. Ellison, a collector and dealer in Scandinavian and other modern furnishings, gives a comprehensive view of modern Scandinavian furniture, with an alphabetical listing of designers that includes a brief biography, notable designs, and color photographs of their work. Appendixes include information on manufacturers and their designers and an international source guide to this furniture style. ...


Letters from Africa, 1914-1931
Isak Dinesen
0226153118
Apr 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
"Here is a rich new biographical perspective on the brilliant storyteller whose sophisticated romantic fiction . . . made her an international success and perpetual candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature. . . . [These letters] contain the raw material that was later transformed into her classic memoir Out of Africa (1937). They also reveal her as a highly intelligent and sensitive analyst of a strange new world."--Bruce Allen, Christian Science Monitor

"Letters from Africa is literary gold, 24 karat."--Alden Whitman, Boston Globe



Hans Christian Andersen
Jackie Wullschlager
0226917479
June 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Andersen (1805-1875) and his work receive perceptive and uncondescending treatment from Financial Times arts critic Wullschlager (Inventing Wonderland). In his autobiographies (and autobiographical novels), Andersen portrayed his life as a Danish Horatio Alger story, "the poor shoemaker and washerwoman's son" who rose to international prominence through a talent for storytelling. While that summary is accurate enough in itself, that talent for storytelling led him to embellish some details, such as family stories about aristocratic connections, while obscuring others, particularly his unrequited attachments to the Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind and a series of stern and serious Copenhagen gentlemen. Gauche and gawky, self-absorbed and self-pitying, Andersen nonetheless had his own personal charm and could hold...


Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
Isak Dinesen
0679724753
October 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
Out of Africa is Karin Blixen's love letter to the country she called home for nearly 20 years. Arriving in British East Africa (now Kenya) from Denmark in 1914, Blixen--Isak Dinesen was her pen name--was immediately seduced by the landscape of the Ngong hill country, not to mention the animals and people who inhabited it. Her descriptions bring this wonderland alive for readers: out on safari, she recalls the movements of a group of giraffes, "in their queer, inimitable, vegetative gracefulness, as if it were not a herd of animals but a family of rare, long-stemmed, speckled gigantic flowers slowly advancing." Blixen laces into her reverie the account of her coffee plantation--which ultimately succumbed to high altitude, droughts, and tumbling international coffee prices--and tales of her friendships with other colonials in...


Splendid Swedish Recipes
Kerstin O. Van Guilder, Kerstin Olsson Van Gilder
0941016528
bound - June 1, 1988
Spiral-bound
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Book Description
This inexpensive, index card size spiral-bound recipe book features over 100 Swedish recipes. Makes a great gift or "stocking stuffer" for friends and relatives. The author came to America from Sweden in 1961.


New Land, New Lives
Janet E. Rasmussen
0295977116
June 1998
Paperback
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Moments of Truth
Jan Carlzon
0060915803
February 1989
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Moments of Truth is Carlzon's story of how, under his leadership as president and CEO, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) emerged from deficits to profitability, improved services, and enhanced its market position by becoming a customer-oriented company organized for change. His strategiesa focus on the customer, encouraging risk-taking, delegating more authority to front-line employees, and eliminating vertical levels of hierarchy for a more horizontal organizationbear the hallmarks of entrepreneurial management and the pursuit of excellence. Reportedly a Scandinavian bestseller, Carlzon's book has a universal message and deserves attention for its clear illustration of these strategies in action. Recommended for business collections. Elin B. Christianson, Library Consultant, Hobart, Ind.Copyright 1987 Reed...


Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream
Sue Prideaux
0300110243
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Most famous for his painting The Scream, an iconic expression of anxiety and a reflection of his inner torment, Edvard Munch strove to paint his "soul's diary," a quest Prideaux chronicles incisively in this fascinating study. The first comprehensive English-language biography of Munch (1863–1944) presents an in-depth artistic, intellectual and psychological portrait of the Norwegian artist. A novelist and art historian, Prideaux (Magnetic North) enlivens her narrative with excerpts from Munch's diaries, effectively tracing the roots of his mental suffering: his father's religious fanaticism, the death of his mother and favorite sister, the insanity of another sister and the fear that he would go mad himself. Prideaux also charts Munch's intellectual influences, his immersion in Nietzsche and Dostoyevski...


Bard of Iceland: J¿nas Hallgr¿msson, Poet and Scientist
Dick Ringler, Jonas Hallgrimsson
0299177203
August 1, 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Bard of Iceland makes available for the first time in any language other than Icelandic an extensive selection of works by Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807–1845), the most important poet of modern Iceland. Jónas was also Iceland’s first professionally trained geologist and an active contributor in a number of other scientific fields: geography, botany, zoology, and archaeology. He played a key role as well in Iceland’s struggle to gain independence from Denmark. "Descriptive power and fullness of spirit were the hallmarks of his soul," wrote a contemporary admirer. Dick Ringler, one of the premier scholars of Icelandic literature in the world, offers a substantial biography of Jónas, a representative selection of his most important poems, and some of his prose work in science and belles...


Henrik Ibsen
Theodore Jorgenson
0313202095
May 1978
Hardcover
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Book Description
Each chapter is a fairly independent guide to the corresponding drama.


Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller
Judith Thurman
0312135254
October 1995
Paperback
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Review
"This, like the best biographies, is a book in which the reader can live."--Margaret Drabble, The New York Times Book Review

"Splendid, inestimably valuable . . . I cannot imagine that it will be supplanted. Right now it is the essential book on Isak Dinesen."--Chicago Tribune Book World

"Absorbing biography . . . This is a gothic tale worthy of the author of Seven Gothic Tales."--Victoria Glendinning, The Washington Post Book World


Edith Sodergran
George C. Schoolfield
031324166X
Jan 1984
Hardcover
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Review
“Edith Sodergran: Modernist Poet in Finland is a very sober and chaste piece of scholarly work, which preserves a temperate distance from the object at which it is intensely directed. It is a work based on a very thorough knowledge and a very keen understanding not only of Edith Sodergran and her poetry, but also of the unique Finland-Swedish and Russian-German blend of cultural environment from which Edith Sodergran's poetry must have received its incentive. ... Schoolfield runs through Edith Sodergran's poetry, giving a vast number of her poems minute, sensitive, and sensible attention. Not only are his comments admirably distinct, but they are also of a kind that opens a poetic universe to us. From that point of view Schoolfield's book on Edith Sodergran ... is superior to any single book that has up to now been written...


Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Henrik Ibsen
1593080611
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The father of modern drama, Henrik Ibsen shook off the stale conventions of nineteenth-century theater and made the stage play an instrument for brilliantly illuminating the dark recesses of human nature. After writing historical plays and imaginative epic dramas in verse, such as Peer Gynt, Ibsen turned away from history and romanticism to focus instead on the problems of the individual and modern society. The plays of his middle period—A Doll’s House, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, and his most popular play, Hedda Gabler—are masterpieces of stark psychological realism. In his final plays, including The Master Builder, Ibsen mixed realism and symbolism to enrich his examination of our subconscious drives and urges. Ibsen was criticized and denounced during his lifetime for...


The Diary of Soren Kierkegaard
Peter P. Rohde, Soren Kierkegaard
0806502517
September 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
Soren Kierkegaard, who was born in Denmark and died there at the age of forty-two, is regarded by many as the father of existentialist thinking. During his lifetime the Hegelian theologian he reacted against the Hegelian theologists in Denmark, denounced organized religion and held that the act of choice by an individual was all-important. The Diary covers the important elements in Kierkegaard's life, including his childhood, his relations with his father, the influence of other writers on him, his broken engagement (which had a far-reaching effect on the rest of his life), and his celebrated quarrel with the Church. Kierkegaard's writings are important because he is almost the first European writer to take a modern, analytical, psychological approach to religion. Proust, Joyce, and Aldous Huxley were only a few of the...


Prophet of the New Drama
Thomas Postlewait
0313245401
Feb 1986
Hardcover
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A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal
Asne Seierstad
0465076017
March 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The author of The Bookseller of Kabul, Norwegian journalist Seierstad spent 101 days in Baghdad before, during and after the initial coalition attacks in March 2003. She calls the articles she sent back to Europe "glimpses from the war," and weaves them into a brisk, present-tense narrative. The initial battles are with her official minders, always eager to steer her to sanctioned sites. With child psychologists, she sneaks out to explore the muddled terror and fantasy in Iraqi kids. A Finnish "human shield" professes no opinion of Saddam. A missile that hit a market renders scenes of blood and torment "too gruesome to publish." Every American soldier the author meets mentions 9/11, but there is no one Iraqi voice—she finds men joyful and resentful as they watch the fall of Saddam's statue, and finally able...


A Scandinavian Girl's Journey to the West Indies
Anjuska Kiriloff
0741424193
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The book is about the author's and her family life experience on an undeveloped island nicknamed "Provo", in the West Indies. The reader will travel from the Arctic Scandinavia to the tropical West Indies learning the meaning of perseverance and the value of marital vows. Also, how a family has to endure living in a 10x10 tent without electricity and fresh water, struggling with language barriers, cultural differences, climate variation, and marital strife. The book is complete with photos and maps.


Dear Danish Recipes
Michelle Spencer
0941016536
bound - July 1, 1988
Spiral-bound
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Book Description
This "quick-flip" spiral bound recipe book is the same size as your recipe cards. Contains recipes, facts and cooking hints from contributors of Danish heritage. A great gift or "stocking stuffer" for Danish-American friends and relatives.


The Making of a Writer: The Journals of Gail Godwin, 1961-1963
Gail Godwin
1400064325
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Godwin, whose latest novel, Queen of the Underworld (reviewed on p. 33), is appearing at the same time as these journals, has kept an almost daily account of her thoughts and doings for more than 50 years. She offers a remarkable picture of determination and tenacity, amid often crippling self-doubts, as she struggled to launch a literary career. After a brief failed marriage and an abortive stab at journalism in Miami, she set off for Europe, staying briefly in Oslo, Copenhagen and the Canary Islands, before settling for two years in London, in a meaningless (for her) job at the U.S. Travel Service. Everywhere she attracted, and was attracted to, men, and each time her restless spirit, her ambitions as a writer and her unwillingness to be tied down broke up the relationships. Her entries also...


On the Left in America
Henry Bengston
0809320797
Mar 1997
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Swedish


Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa: Karen Blixen's Untold Story
Linda Donelson
0964389398
April 1998
Paperback
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Publishers Weekly, April 10, 1995
"well-researched...absorbing...a sympathetic yet candid portrait of Blixen and her complex relationships with her husband and lover..."

John Coyne, RPCV Writers & Readers, November 1995
Donelson has written a fascinating biography, a true picture of Karen Blixen, her lover, Denys Finch Hatton, and her husband, baron Bror Blixen

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Nothing to Do but Stay: My Pioneer Mother
Carrie Young
0877453292
January 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In eight enjoyable anecdotal essays, Young ( Green Broke ) offers a glimpse of the challenges and rewards of 20th-century pioneering life in North Dakota. In 1904, her Norwegian-born mother, Carrine Gafkjen, age 25, set out alone from Minnesota and staked a 160-acre claim; in those early days she walked five miles to a creek to wash her clothes and fetch drinking water. At 34, when she married homesteader Sever Berg and he moved onto her property (which was larger than his own), she became a prairie housewife, turning out five meals a day and preparing Norwegian specialties such as lefse, a 24-inch potato pancake baked directly on top of a cast-iron range. Young and her siblings endured their own trials, notably their efforts to herd their mother's flock of turkeys--animals, she wryly notes, that are...


Strangers in Hollywood
Hans J. Wollstein
081082938X
Jan 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description
Includes the stories of the major Scandinavian actors of the period, Greta Garbo, Sonja Henie and Anna Q. Nilsson, as well as film personalities who are now forgotten: among them female impersonator Bothwell Browne, child star Tula Belle, and millionaire's daughter Sadie Lindblom.


On the Viking Trail: Travels in Scandinavian America
Don Lago
0877458928
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
When his father developed Alzheimer’s disease, Don Lago realized that the stories and traditions of his Swedish ancestors would be lost along with the rest of his father’s memories. Haunted by this inevitable tragedy, Lago set out to fight back against forgetting by researching and reclaiming his long-lost Scandinavian roots. Beginning his quest with a visit to his ancestral home of Gränna, Sweden, Lago explores all facets of Scandinavian America—Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Icelandic—along the way. He encounters Icelanders living in the Utah desert, a Titanic victim buried beneath a gigantic Swedish coffeepot in Iowa, an Arkansas town named after the famous Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, a real-life Legoland in southern California, and other unique remnants of America’s...


The Fairy Tale of My Life
Hans Christian Andersen
0815411057
Nov 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Danish poet and novelist Hans Christian Andersen is best known for the dozens of fairy tales he wrote.

Language Notes
Text: English, Danish (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Secretaries of God : Women Prophets in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (Library of Medieval Women)
Diane Watt
0859916146
May 3, 2001
Paperback
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Review
Conceptually elegant and sharply focused book... Not onlyly modern ground-breaking, but also accessible. NOTES AND QUERIESA powerful contribution in the general field of women's studies for thenew light it casts upon the tradition and perception of female prophecy.RECUSANT HISTORY Sheds light on a neglected aspect of late medieval and early modern English (literary) history, that of female prophetic writings. It...represents a significant contribution to the expanding field of female religious and textual practice... Excellent account. ENGLISH The best of the recent works on (its) subject. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL

Book Description
Diane Watt sets aside the conventional hiatus between the medieval and early modern periods in her study of women's prophecy, following the female...

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