First Edition of Isak Dinesen's Anecdotes of Destiny; Inscribed by Her to Isak Dinesen

  • Anecdotes of Destiny.
  • Anecdotes of Destiny.
  • Anecdotes of Destiny.

Anecdotes of Destiny.


Item Number: 69044

New York: Random House, 1958.

First edition of this classic collection of stories and the last to be published in her lifetime. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “John Steinbeck With love from Isak Dinesen New York 29.1.1959.” In 1959, Dinesen had been invited by the Ford Foundation to travel to the United States to read and discuss her work as part of a film series on “the world’s greatest living writers.” Despite her failing health—the frail seventy-four-year old weighed just 80 pounds she accepted the invitation. It was on this trip where she met John Steinbeck for cocktails and inscribed this copy. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A remarkable association, linking these two giants of twentieth century literature.

Two of the stories from the collection have been adapted into films: The Immortal Story as the 1968 film The Immortal Story directed by Orson Welles, starring Jeanne Moreau, and Babette's Feast as the 1987 Danish film Babette's Feast directed by Gabriel Axel.

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