From the Nov/Dec, 2015 issue of Touchstone
The Artistry of Grace by Leta Sundet

Feature

The Artistry
of Grace

The Surprising Beauty of Divine Providence in Isak Dinesen's "Babette's Feast"

When Danish short-story author Isak Dinesen (1885–1962) wrote "Babette's Feast," she was in her seventies and already dying. She had contracted syphilis from her husband early in life and likely had arsenic poisoning from the treatment. Barely able to eat, she weighed less than 80 pounds. A failed marriage and failed love affair had left her with no children; she had been nominated for but had failed to win the Nobel Prize. Malnourished and star . . .


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