People: Feb. 17, 1961

A white demigoddess to servants on her Kenya coffee plantation, Danish-born Baroness Karen Blixen once beat back two lions with a bull whip, earned the affectionate appellation "Honorable Lioness." But in 1931, when the coffee market crumbled, she returned to her native land, assumed a name now known and respected throughout the literary world—Isak Dinesen. Last week at 75, the wispy (her weight: 70 lbs.) writer was honored with a statue of herself by California Sculptor Emile Norman. Depicting a wraithlike priestess with a lion and a bird, the work evoked the pre-Mau...

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