Selected Fables

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La Fontaine (1621-95) is best known for his comic and delightful fables. This lively new translation of the most famous among them captures the wit and nuances of the original. The selection - of 110 of the 240 Fables - spans La Fontaine's long writing life and shows his progression from short, charming children's tales to longer, more philosophical fables. The parallel French text, scholarly introduction, and detailed notes and appendices make it ideal both for students and for...
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Overview

La Fontaine (1621-95) is best known for his comic and delightful fables. This lively new translation of the most famous among them captures the wit and nuances of the original. The selection - of 110 of the 240 Fables - spans La Fontaine's long writing life and shows his progression from short, charming children's tales to longer, more philosophical fables. The parallel French text, scholarly introduction, and detailed notes and appendices make it ideal both for students and for all lovers of poetry.
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"Betts's translation does an excellent job of conveying the lightness and grace of the original pieces." -- Library Journal

Library Journal
02/15/2014
Seventeenth-century poet La Fontaine (1621–95) wrote nearly 240 fables in verse, which were published in 12 books from 1668 to 1693. While many of these legends were based on Aesop's fables, other sources include the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian text, as well as writings by Giovanni Verdizotti and Plutarch. Betts (retired, Univ. of Warwick), whose previously published translations include works by French writers Charles Perrault and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, here collects roughly half of La Fontaine's tales, ranging from early works such as "The Fox and the Crow" and "The Hare and the Tortoise" to later ones including "Women and Secrets" and "The Forest and the Woodcutter." Betts's translation does an excellent job of conveying the lightness and grace of the original pieces. Even those overly familiar with many of these myths will find it difficult not to be charmed by how well these verses flow, with few exceptions. Also included is a concise introduction and 23 wonderful engravings by Doré originally published in a 19th-century French edition. VERDICT This excellent new translation should appeal to most students of literature and anyone with an interest in fables.—William Walsh, Georgia State Univ. Libs., Atlanta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140455243
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 437,349
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Maya Slater is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London.

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Table of Contents

THE TWO POUCHES
THE HARE AND THE BAN ON HORNS
THE RAT AND THE ELEPHANT
THE LION IN LOVE
THE WAR BETWEEN THE RATS AND THE WEASELS
THE MOUNTAIN'S DELIVERY
THE POT OF CLAY AND THE POT OF IRON
THE DONKEY AND THE LAPDOG
THE HEN THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGGS
THE STAG AND THE VINE
THE CAMEL AND THE DRIFTWOOD
THE LITTLE CARP AND THE ANGLER
THE JAY IN PEACOCK'S FEATHERS
THE EAGLE AND THE OWL
THE MAN AND THE WOODEN IDOL
THE DONKEY AND THE RELICS
THE OLD MAN AND HIS CHILDREN
THE FOX AND THE MASK
THE MISER WHO LOST HIS TREASURE
THE TWO DOCTORS
THE FROG AND THE RAT
THE FARMER AND HIS SONS
THE APE AND THE DOLPHIN
THE SHEPHERD AND THE SEA
THE ASS AND THE DOG
THE SATYR AND THE WAYFARER
EDUCATION
THE MADMAN WHO SOLD WISDOM
THE CAT AND THE RAT
THE HORSES REVENGE
WOMEN AND SECRETS
THE SNAKE AND THE FILE
THE HARE AND THE PARTRIDGE
THE HORSE AND THE WOLF
THE BEAR AND TWO CROOKS
THE MAN AND THE FLEA
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