17 April 1885
Karen Dinesen (who later became Karen Blixen and wrote as ID) was born at Rungstedlund
, near Copenhagen
; it stands on the sea, looking across the water to Sweden.
Karen Dinesen (later ID), already writing tales in Danish as a student, published a piece called "The Hermits" in Tilskueren
, a respected literary journal edited by Valdemar Vedel. She used the pseudonym 'Osceola'.
Under her actual name of 'Karen Blixen', ID re-created and interpreted her lost African world in the autobiographical Out of Africa
, issued in parallel versions in two languages in England and Denmark.
ID published the final book of her lifetime: another memoir of her life in Africa, Shadows on the Grass
7 September 1962
ID died of emaciation, after a lifetime of inherited syphilis and the removal of part of her stomach.