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|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Tags:||fairy tale, fiction|
Ehrengard is a delightful fairy-tale set in the early nineteenth century in the grand Duchy of Babenhausen.
The story revolves around the desire of the court portrait painter, Herr Cazotte, to seduce Ehrengard, maid-of-honour to Princess Ludmilla. The artist's ambition is to conquer the young maiden simply by causing her to blush 'not with indignation at an assault, but with ecstasy at a revelation... In this blush her past, present and future will be thrown at my feet'. To this end he resolves to paint a portrait of her as Venus bathing: to capture her on canvas for all eternity. But the beautiful maid from the mountains is not swift to surrender her virtue, as the artist discovers to his cost.
'Ehrengard' is the lightest, the most purely comic and pastoral story she ever wrote... it is unsurpassed by sheer loveliness... [it] brings all Isak Dinesen's work to a triumphant conclusion'--Robert Langbaum, author of Isak Dinesen's Art. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Blixen, Karen
Karen Blixen (17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962) was born Karen Dinesen and came from a wealthy farming/merchant family in Denmark. She married the Baron Bror Blixen after following him to Kenya to start a 6000-acre farm near the Ngong Hills outside Nairobi. Although the marriage did not last, the farm, known as M’Bogani, became the focus of her life and writing for the next seventeen years while she remained in Kenya.
Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award-winning motion pictures. She is also noted, particularly in Denmark, for her Seven Gothic Tales.
Blixen was considered several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.--Wikipedia.
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