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Luncheon – 1959

blixen5th February 1959 – Nyack, NY: Danish author Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) (right) sips champagne and talks with the playwright, Arthur Miller; Carson McCullers (center) talks with Marilyn Monroe.

The occasion was a luncheon given by Miss McCullers in honour of the Danish writer.

According to McCullers, after the luncheon, they all danced, Karen Blixen with Marilyn and McCullers with Arthur Miller.

3 Responses to “Luncheon – 1959”

  1. Dick says:

    What a great picture. And what fascinating table talk to imagine from each.

    jb says: Hi Dick. I would’ve loved to see pictures of the dancing, but I don’t suppose they exist.

  2. Jonathan says:

    What fantastic faces they all had. I’ve never had champagne in Nyack (coffee only), but it looks like it was really working for them.

    jb says: Hi Jonathan. Karen Blixen looks amazing, doesn’t she. Very much the Northern European great lady.

  3. Warwick Paul Onyeama says:

    This is a wonderful photograph that catches a moment in time when some of the people i admire most in the world came together. karen Blixen whose Out of Africa is one of the most hauntingly evocative account of an Africa that no longer exists with the prodigiously gifted play write Arthur Miller together with the tragic and talented young Southern Gothic writer Carson McCullers. And do you know the most poignant about the picture? Every single one of the people it captures, is now dead. But briefly, as I viewed this image, they were alive once again, just for a while. Thank you sir, for that moment of magic.