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Jean de la Fontaine Selected Fables

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ISBN-10: 0140455248

ISBN-13: 9780140455243

Edition: 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Jean de La Fontaine, James Michie, Geoffrey Grigson, J. J. Grandville

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A collection of the worlds most beloved fables Jean de la Fontaine popularized some of our most loved proverbial tales, including The Hare and the Tortoise and The Hen Who Laid Golden Eggs, transforming the worlds great fables into charming works of astonishing originality, wit, and verve. James Michies earthy translations capture the friendly brio, nimble comedy, and jaunty wisdom of the original. * Black-and-white line drawings by J. J. Grandville introduce each fable
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Although he had a degree to practice law, La Fontaine does not seem to have done so but, rather, spent his life in Paris dependent on aristocratic patrons. His principal contribution to literature was his 12 books of Fables, to which he devoted 30 years of his life. They were published from 1668 to 1694 and are universally appreciated in France by children and adults alike. In drawing on a tradition of the fable going back to Aesop, La Fontaine created a portrait of human life and French society through the representations of animals. His work is marked by great insight into human moral character, while it preaches the value of the middle road.