in which the element of travel-writing or reporting is outweighed by the construction of an imaginative utopia depicting a richer life than that of the modern and everyday. Her letters, published after her death, are also unusual and fascinating examples of their genre. She is an important figure, known for her use of symbolism, myth, fable, romance, and fairy-tale, and for her exotic settings and esoteric subject-matter. But her central concern was the situation of women.
, cosmopolitan fiction-writer of the mid twentieth century writing in Danish and English, produced short stories in periodicals and collections, a couple of novels, and two highly unusual books about