ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Gothic Tales in Modern Times

Women writers like Isak Dinesen, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing have overcome widespread biases to answer the call to their own largeness.

“I am really three thousand years old and have dined with Socrates”, Isak Dinesen – the nom de plume chosen by the Danish Baroness Karen Blixen of Out of Africa fame – said in a 1956 interview with The Paris Review. She laughed, and continued her whimsical engagement with the questions meant to pin her down.

But those who came to plumb the depths of her public persona must have come prepared for this. Dinesen was already recognised as “a lady with opinions of both grave profundity and most enchanting frivolity”.

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